”Prisoner Of The Sun” 🎨 by Dan Victor • I was at the beach in Wildwood, NJ with my grandmother. Nan was what I called her. She was Italian and had darker skin than mine. She would cover herself in baby oil when she sat in the sun. I often wondered if she would get melanoma, so I worried a little about that. In the end she never suffered any effects of her constant sun-bathing. Perhaps her skin was built to withstand the constant rays. I used watercolor on this piece as I thought about Nan’s obsession with being on the beach.
In the end, it was congestive heart failure that got her, but she had lived to be well into her 90’s. It didn’t make me any less sad. In fact, I felt such a loss, I had to take time off of work to grieve. She really loved me unconditionally. I have never known LOVE like that, except from my Nan. I still miss her. XO.
“Standing Up” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Expressive line work. Quick gestures, like to warm up before life drawing studio. We would do two minute gesture drawings of the model to get our eyes used to drawing what we see, starting with the skeletal structure to watch the position the body was in. A body can indicate where it will go next based upon its posture. This was from my mind, but it evoked that memory.
“Hugs and Kisses” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Could this be a Hallmark card? This is a little ‘tongue-n-cheek’. We hug with our hearts, but kiss with our pelvic region. On a long trip, maybe to visit Major Tom, we might expect a little show of affection.
”Robot Heart” 🎨 by Dan Victor • Ductape Halo is my alter-ego. A blues man with good intensions, always trying to fight off the Devil. It was the name of one album I had made when I was living in the artist loft in Jersey City. A large acrylic painting on canvas, about 4 feet by 2 feet.
I used charcoal around the letters to make it stand out more. Is that cheating? This is impressive to stand in front of for the fact it changes. I have noticed things moving in the background.
Another Robot. Another theme of automatic emotions or a robot that empathizes with the human condition.
”In Stereo” 🎨 by Dan Victor • When you have been to as many concerts and played as much loud music as I have, there isn’t really much quiet time. Always a ringing. It seems I was always listening to something. Even if it wasn’t music, my ears are constantly digesting aural information.
I especially like the character of paint that gets lost amongst the pencil that haws been erased and redrawn over and over. The graphite might disappear, but the impression the pencil made still resides.
The sound overtakes this one, almost causing him or her to disappear. Creatures are perversions of humans, much like the scenes in “The Wall” by Pink Floyd.
“6 issues for just $7.99″ ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Another fun collage that feels like I may have gone overboard. It has a lot of wonderful imagery that is hidden. A calling card of ultra capitalism. There is a female with pink skin and love the picture of the woman getting dressed next to the sideways guy, with the 3rd eye.
“No Vacancy” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Lost without directions. Oh shit! The marker washed off when I went to the bathroom.
If there was a horror movie made in the 1950’s, this might be the cover to the VHS cover that drew us in when we rented it from Blockbuster Video.
It was the special Sunday movie we saved. Friday night we watched the action movie, Saturday we watched the comedy featuring 3 Men & a baby, so the night before we could watch a classic, so the whole family could watch.
”MEOW” 🎨 by Dan Victor • Jersey City was were this was made. I am so allergic, but still fascinated by the creatures.
A curious one with a throw-back to Felix the cat, in a very messy, tar-like representation. Lot’s of emotional negativity rolling around, like feet caught in quicksand, where there should be signs. But even if there were some indication of danger, I would want to head in that direction.
Dan works on “Sailor Boy”, the painting featured on this episode of Drawings & Dragons. He paints with coffee and draws with pencil and watercolor pencil on paper. This is the full 2 hour sitting in real time with commentary.
Drawings & Dragons: LIVE Art! Have a Passion for Drawing? Do you like to get lost in your imagination? I sure do.
Art in its purest form. Drawing. Dan draws live while talking about his many experiences. Taking my ART out of the basement and onto the internet. I explore the craft deeply and take it places that will hopefully inspire you to take your ART to the next level.