Friday, August 21, 2009

progress again

I was not liking the way the baby's head was looking especially with the hair. I pretty much re did a lot of the colors of the face and tried to blend the colors better overall in the painting.

More changes

By this point of the painting I had changed my mind about the background and I tried to get the colors of the baby and the mother as solid as possible.


At this point I wasn't sure what colors to do for the baby's clothing. I knew I wanted to do a Mexican textile themed fabric, or at least colors that would be influenced by the Mexican culture. Jeniva had suggested to incorporate the Mexican soccer team jersey into the baby's clothing. I was also going to leave a space for the emblem.

adding a background

As I was painting I couldn't decide on a background, but I couldn't leave the canvas white. At least with some color I was able to see if I liked it or not.

more color

The photograph I had as refrence had a lot of contrast and lots of white. I didn't want to do the painting as an exact copy of the photograph so I made some decisions on what their clothes should look like.

More paint

Adding more paint. deciding on a color palette.


Still very early on with the painting. I took a lot of photos of the progress of the painting as the days went by.

Begining of a Painting

I was asked by my friend, Jeniva, to do a painting for her wedding as a gift to her fiance, Gabriel. I started sketching out the image of Gabriel as a baby with his mom holding him for the painting. This was the very first part of the painting process and I used an old photograph as reference.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Voluptuous Vixen

This is another sketch for the other blog that I'm keeping up with. The topic is Voluptous Vixen and I decided to draw Eve from the story of Adam and Eve. She is offering you the forbiden fruit as it covers part of her body. This was a quick sketch.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rainbow Brite sketch

This sketch is for the other blog and the topic was Rainbow Brite. I decided to draw her as an old woman who has grown out of her clothes and is not the same sweet little girl. To me Rainbow Brite is from the past and since she is not an important character in my life I choose to depict her as an old idea.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Self Portrait

Trying to draw myself once more. I did this with just pencil and paper while preparing dinner. I need to practice more in order to get it to look more like me.

Monday, July 6, 2009


This is a quick drawing of Ilan.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thundercats card

This is a birthday card for my brother that I did using gouache and ink. I didn't want to do the traditional birthday card so I decided to have a Thundercat cut the cake.

Monday, May 18, 2009


This is a painting of Yolanda, a refugee from Togo.


This painting is part of the immigrant series. Lourdes is from Peru remembering her hometown.

self portrait #4

A drawing of me with a hat and braids.


I imagined everything floating.

self portrait #3

Another watercolor.

self portrait #2


self portrait

One of many self portraits, but this was trying a new technique with oil pastels.

Ink illustration

Ink illustration of a woman who fears getting old.


In this illustration I was experimenting with inks and also depicting the subject the result of fast food.

Quick sketch

Using cubes to describe the figure.

Nude figure

This drawing was from a 30 minute pose. In class we start with 10 sec sketches and gradually work our way up to 30 minutes or 1 hour.


a figure study

Figure sketch

another quick sketch from class

Figure Sketch

Quick charcoal sketch

Arm study

This is a small acrylic painting done in one of my figure painting classes.

Sunday, May 17, 2009



Acrylic painting of flower; not finished.

Portrait from Series

This painting was part of the series of immigrants in the US. In the background is an old image of Ecuador which represents the past.

Deer painting

Cloth study painting.

white chalk on black paper

I used white chalk pastel on black bristol paper for this drawing.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

tromp l'oeil painting

A small acrylic painting of envelopes, stamps, and a postcard that I set up. The goal of this painting was to do it in a tromp l'oeil style; which means deception of the eye.

Collage Drawing

I collected black and white images from magazines to create this collage. Then I drew the collage using pencil,charcoal and pastels.

Elephant drawing

I did this elephant drawing at the Museum of Natural History in NYC during my freshman year of college. There are two pieces of paper put together to complete the drawing.

Self potrait

Pencil drawing of me from a few years ago.

Pencil Drawing

Pencil drawing of my mom taking a nap one afternoon.

Acrylic Painting of woman from Eritrea

This is a painting of one woman I met at the refugee center from Eritrea.

Acrylic painting of Egyptian couple

This is a painting of a couple from Egypt that I got to know through my internship at the Refugee Center in Silver Spring, Md during a summer in high school.

Acrylic painting from series

I met many couples at the Refugee Center. This painting was done after interviewing one of the couples and getting to know them better throughout the summer.

Gesture drawing

Pencil drawing

Acrlylic painting

Chalk pastel drawing

Paintings and Drawings

Here is a collection of my paintings and drawings. I hope you enjoy the work.