Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Spotlight on Elias Rodriguez

graphite, ink and colored pencil on bristol board

Having a week off during our Thanksgiving Break has given me a chance to get a bit caught up on my posting.
So I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to junior Elias Rodriguez, 
one of my top art students this year.
We saw many of his pieces last year from my Beginning 2-D art class, 
and I will continue to show more of his work this year.
Elias has been with me since the 7th grade in the Art Wheel eight week class.
He has known since even before then that he has wanted to be an artist, 
and he has worked diligently to fill up several sketchbooks  to pursue that dream. 
He came back to me last year when he was able to fit me into his schedule, 
and he works very hard to make sure each of his pieces are completely original.

A great example of that is in this piece above.
The assignment was actually only an exercise in how to build a 2 point simple city.
But Elias,
 being Elias,
 wanted to make sure he put his special twist into it, 
to make it stand out from the others.
He was only required to work in pencil,
but I love that he chose to also bring in ink and colored pencil.
One of his signature styles is to bring roses into almost every piece he does.
I'm sure it has special symbolic significance to him.
Perhaps one day I will let him post on himself and we will find out.
Are you up for it Elias???

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