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Inking a dragon.

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Today I’m designing a dragon shoe!

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One of my favorite things to draw is hair, especially when it’s long and flowing. It’s a very meditative process.

D.

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Drawing lots of hair and a crow flying through it. Details, details.

D.

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I was on set yesterday with photographer Tyler Mitchell. We’re collaborating on a fashion feature for Relapse Magazine. I’m really excited about this project. Above our model is checking out one of the shots where I’ll be adding drawn elements.

Enjoy!

D.

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Fashion

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Drawing some rough sketches for a really interesting project. More to come on that later.

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Bad Circles

I got up early this morning to start working on another piece. I’m enjoying the layering of various textures and line colors.

D.

 

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UPTOWN EXPRESS by David Cooper

Looking into the windows of a train while they pass each other like speeding bullets within a tunnel is like watching a film reel rolling quickly through a disturbing scene of a horror movie. I’ve personally seen, read about and heard stories of patrons engaging in sexual acts, the mentally insane running around train cars naked screaming at the top of their lungs, the desperate mugging the privileged, the homeless begging for a dime, mothers in tears holding their crying babies and so on.

Of course those are the more extreme scenarios. A more common occurrence maybe the fact that we’re treated like cattle on a daily basis. Shoved into narrow metal boxes, doors closing behind us, locking us into an ocean of stress fueled regular folk each capable of cracking at the seams at any given moment due to the invasion of personal space and rude behavior.

Some how, this is what everyday commuting has become. However, some of us are desensitized to it all, which is even more disturbing, but I understand why we are. We have to be, to continue to do it everyday. It’s just a sad truth and this piece, which I’m calling, “Uptown Express”, is my reaction to it.

Thanks for looking.

Good travels my friends.

D.

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Epic other worldly landscapes carved from the fabric of space, time and visions of places yet to be visited. Mars-1 invites you to take a ride in his far away unidentified flying oasis within his very essence.

Mars-1: Mutual Metaphors

Mars-1: Mutual Metaphors

Mars-1: Afterglow

Mars-1: Afterglow

Mars-1: Infinite Tapestry Round

Mars-1: Infinite Tapestry Round

Enjoy,

D.

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The air at the circus is different isn’t it? The slightest thought of it conjures up an excitement in us all, no matter how young or old. This was the case, when Siempre Mujer was given the opportunity to shoot a fashion feature at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The first step in the process was to actually go to the circus to research the current show, “Dragons”. While watching the performance, visuals immediately rushed into my head that I needed to get down on paper. Those visuals eventually turned into this rough storyboard that I used to pitch my idea’s to the Creative Director(Stacy Marchelos) and Executive Editor (Ursula Carranza). We all agreed on a more classic direction for the story and decided to move forward using the story boards as our guide.

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One of the most important factors in putting any story together is picking the right team. For this particular story for photography we used Dider Gault. For wardrobe styling we used Ellen Silverstein. For hair/make up we used Alfred Lester. During the casting I think I saw about thirty models, but we decided on this one, who was beautiful, energetic and she had experience working with animals.

The shoot was a great success, which made the editing process pretty hard for us because there were so many great shots to pick from. Here’s what me, the Creative Director and Executive Editor decided on.

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Thanks for looking!

Speak to you soon.

D.

Artist & Photo Editor

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