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Poison clients

So last year I did a few designs for a client who apparently was working on some short low budget movies.He paid me for the first 4-5 designs, but the last 3 designs he stoled from me. He was paying me through PayPal, but the last designs he paid me under another PayPal account ( which should have been a red flag to me).Later on, the payment was reversed as the account holder apparently belonged to his angered ex-girlfriend.
The job ended up being a lost and a bitter lesson.Now I have received this email...

Marie Lyttle (mlyttle09@gmail.com)To:youDetails
Hello my name Marie my kids dad has dealt with you for logos etc. Osha I'd his name so I wanted a couple of logos done also one is Sugar Carrie wit a pic silhouette with fancy letters
My phone number is 7573671407 Marie I want a logo it's two hands that look like puppet hands with the 🌍 underneath it and I want Mingo World in words going around the earth and the fingers on the could you make them look like a m and on the hand it&…
European Tour

I took my first vacation to Europe this year  landing first in Rome,Italy then continuing my adventure to Berlin, Germany.
I took in the culture by checking out all the possible museums and galleries, ancient ruins and beautiful wineries. I enjoyed the night life  in both countries with the wonderful people of Europe, it was my first trip over seas but it surely wont be my last.

Filling in the blanks

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Part of being a professional artist is being able to deliver on time and on budget. And sometimes your forced to do these things with one hand tied behind you back, (figuratively) Normally I like to shoot my own references for the amount detail that is needed to do the job correctly, but sometimes that is not the way things work out. Take for instance this portrait gig where the person has transitioned away. And the client's only available reference is this small old photo.
I never have backed down from a challenge and this particular instance gave me in opportunity to figure out this issue. I could have just said no, but this returning client is a friend and I wanted to make sure she received what she needed. So I had put on my detective hat and dug into my bag of tricks to make out the details of the gentlemen's face in the picture. I used some of the clients personal pictures who is the grand daughter) from facebook to decipher some those details like the mouth and eyes) a…

Holidays portrait commisions

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This be the season where I get the most requests for family portraits, being that its the holiday season.
One of the things a professional artist must be ready for is those last minute clients that need it by tomorrow. And you better deliver the quality goods on time and budget, after all its your reputation that is on the line.
So of course I say yes to a client a week before Christmas for a family portrait.  All I need is a good reference photo, well like most things in life, things never go as easy as one would like. Three days later the client brings me a print- out of the reference material, Ideally not what I would use but at times like these one has to do what they got to do, plus (I take these type of requests as a personal challenge). My schedule is all ready tight as it is working a full-time job, but none the less I take the print out and make due with it. Here is the process and the final product which is 12x16 oil on canvas board. The art work took me exactly 30hrs of act…

Damned art show

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This year I will be showcasing my art at the Damned art show in Detroit.




10th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Art + Performance + Dining + Masquerade

October 26th through 28th 2017
VIP 7pm to 9pm - General 9pm to 2am - 18+

Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, Michigan

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How I love

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Yoanny- sketch paper 9x12


I would be misleading you if I said that the muses I collaborated with in my past didn't play a major role in my Life. Regardless if that time has been short or long, they have introduced some experiences that could never be replicated again. God only knows I try and try again, but there were times that pure magic has manifested in front of me. I am always seeking that inspiration, that excitement, that tease, that hunger to recreate that moment, that feeling, that awe of unity with another person.

You can some-what reach it with sex, but its only lasts for a moment, The creative process is one that leaves you returning, going over all the details in your mind, collecting all the ideas that spring up from what they do and say. It spills over to other projects, expanding those ideas and fueling that want to create. For me the relationship between an artist and his muse is the most perfect love that exists, from that collaboration, life springs forward and…

Pregnant portrait of Yanilda

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So a few weeks back I was contacted to do a commission of a beautiful woman who was pregnant and wanted a portrait of her self done before giving birth. This was a first for me and I was very honored to do this portrait for her.






She had a special location in upstate New York at of a huge body of water near Congo,NY. She was supper excited to have her pictures taken and decided to wear some high heels in the process.Since I had no desire on rushing a 8 month pregnant woman with broken ankles to the hospital, I took the shoes away from and shot her standing in the water.



After that was done I completed the portrait 2 weeks later. The painting was done on a 18x24 stretched canvas.
She was very happy with her painting as you can see here in this video sent by her lovely sister.