I was looking through a pile of old drawings and paintings made by my kids when they were little, and came across these two, that I liked a lot:
There’s elements of both that made me think of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and in trying to explain it, I think some of the mark-making in the one at left and the way the color is applied made me think of Basquiat (I have a habit of making art-history associations on a regular basis). The one at right, with the simple arms, hands and teeth made me think of the style that Basquiat used at times. Granted, I know they’re not a match, I’m just saying my sons’ drawings acted as a trigger to thinking about Basquiat.
So, just for my own curiosity’s sake, I decided to utilize the images above and work them into a Basquiat-style background – all done in Photoshop, no paintings made yet – and came up with this:
Don’t get me wrong – I love my kids’ art and enjoy it on its own exactly as it is. But I wonder what kind of interesting things I could come up with if I used some of it as source material for new paintings of my own? Is it bad to “steal” ideas from my kids? I’ll give them credit for inspiring me – I promise!