Couple more sketches

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Blatant drug art always seemed pretty lame to me, so I’ve gone through several iterations of these preliminary drawings in my sketchbook before landed on these two. It’s definitely been an internal struggle of whether I should even make these. I went through the same thing when I was working on the AR-15 painting but it ended up turning out pretty powerful. 

Whoa

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Well the reaction to this painting has been pretty interesting. No one actually likes it, which is what I was actually going for. The left leaning types apparently don’t want to face the reality of guns in the context of school shootings especially when it’s to scale of a real AR-15 and the right sees it as some sort of attack on their personal freedom. The fact is America has too many guns and my biggest issue with where the gun control debate is headed, is towards the scapegoating of people with mental health issues. Blaming an already stigmatized and marginalized section of society isn’t moving forward. The Las Vegas shooter by all apperences didn’t have any “mental heath issues” before his massacre.  

Oh and I have two words regarding the argument about a well armed militia: predator drone. 

Finishing Up

The last few pages of my Sketch Book Project before shipping it back to the Brooklyn Art Libaray! Here’s some of my favorites thus far. 

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Realization

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That all but one of these mini paintings are now apartment buildings that went up in less than a three months. While I was working on this one I started thinking about the old guy that use to bus tables at Griffs. When I go there for lunch in high school, or light rail over between classes in college, even when I grabbed a giant double combo after work on Mississippi, he was always there. I truly hope he’s doing alright.