Why did you pick this picture?
I picked this portrait because it is one of my favorites that I’ve done recently. I really like his menacing glare and the lights from Baltimore’s skyline seemingly superimposed over his face.
Where did the idea come from?
I’ve always been a huge fan of the TV show “The Wire”. The character Omar Little (depicted in the portrait) is a fan favorite due his moral ambiguity and him becoming somewhat of an anti-hero. Almost like a modern day/inner city Robin Hood.
What does this picture mean to you?
The portrait is supposed to express the struggles of inner city life and the system in which we live. The segregation of the have’s and have nots and the moral dichotomy of having to do whatever is necessary for survival, be it illegal activity or otherwise.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a 3D and digital character artist with a strong background in fine art. I began taking drawing and painting classes at a very young age and took every art class I could in school. It wasn’t until college that I was introduced to digital art and 3D modeling. I pull a lot of inspiration from comic art and sci-fi/horror films. I’ve always been fascinated with anatomy which goes along with one of my other passions, weight lifting. My dream job would be to work for Netherrealm studios as a conceptual artist because I’m a HUGE Mortal Kombat nerd and fighting game fanatic, in general.
What more can you tell us about your art?
A lot of my fine art work deals with drawing inspiration from the human struggle by bringing the beauty of overcoming tragedy and adversity to light.
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