A green couch with pale vines is the setting for a sore foot. Press a fingertip between balls of the feet. This is a framed painting up cycled from an older painting available now a sis + moons in Alpharetta, Ga 30009.
Paintings in and around the studio that are currently available. Email or text me for more info. You can also follow this work on instagram @studioFeliciano.
Large size paintings
This is a small 3″ x 4″ 20 page sketchbook that has been kicking around. I put it in my pocket and tried to finish it in a week. I did it! Saturday to Saturday and during the week I lost/misplaced two of the three pens. I started with a fountain pen, orange marker and a grey felt brush pen. You will see that the drawings lose variation as you go.
Halloween is coming and way to quickly. I’m trying to get this giant cardboard monster built and I’m going to be cutting it really close. Cardboard scales instead of fur for this Kukeri inspired monster.
After the drawing and thinking and drawing. I started out with a pool noodle spine and some graduated cardboard disks. Four strings run down each side and through the disks, now I can pull on a string and the head will tilt down in that direction. Now to cut lots of scales and bits to be the covering, kinda like fur. After that, the whole thing goes on my head and it’s time to work out the vest and shoulder support.
More than once one of the six art instructors at NWSA would say ‘Draw from life, it’s the best teacher’, yep they where/are right.
Figure drawings are the thing people singles out for praise when they are look thought your sketchbook, ‘did you draw that, so talented’, nope that is just practice. So practice drawing hands and feet, draw strangers on the bus, and in bars (creepy). If you feel weird drawing strangers for free come to the figure drawing event. Alpharetta has a bimonthly figure drawing/painting event. Search FB for… ‘alpharetta figure drawing/painting group’. I will see you there.
Below are examples of the Paper53 fill tool, it’s my favorite tool on the Paper53 app. I use it and the pen tool, I posted examples of the pen tool this morning.
Figure drawing event in Alpharetta. It feels great to sketch from life. Model was good, lighting was good, I wish I could have worked all night.
Apple Pencil on iPad, app is Paper53, the fill tool is my favorite. I will post some of those tomorrow.
Lots of walking around her to get these drawings.
I have been thinking about this costume for a while now. I went through some sketchbooks for inspiration and found this idea popping up over and over again.
I’ve been sketching this costume for a while, it or iterations of it are scattered though out several sketchbooks. I’m going to attempt to build a cardboard version of the Kukeri costume, a Bulgarian fur suit costume, used in the harvest festival to frighten away bad spirits.
I’m adding a spine element to the tall head section. A few pulleys and strings will help the neck/head move naturally, controls will be attached to my head. Turns and tilts of my head will be reflected by the costume tall head.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Ink supplies are out on the first day of October (inktober). Doodles to start the motivation for a month full of drawings.
One Jinhao x750, a zebra 800 nib and a bottle of 54th from noodler’s Ink. Mix them up and start the fun. Happy first day on Ink Tober.
First step find pens! Dig dig dig, now studio is giant (er) mess. Found them! Now ink, yes it’s a fountain pen. Lots of them…
Now paper, hurry hurry, time is ticking.
He’s excited about comics, ‘happy birthday big boy’. How do you encourage reading… someone told me ‘you have to let them find there way’.
He separate them by publisher then spent the weekend reading them all. Comic books and bowls of cereal ❤️.
Found this sweet ‘throwie’ at the Whole Foods. I figured that stainless steel would be challenging for a quick doodle. I hope who ever has to clean it up will appreciate the ironic sketch.
‘Doom’ I hope I did you proud.
It’s not any fun to clean this stuff up, on the flip side I enjoy reading in the bathroom.
Update: The large unicorn at the The Tree House, it’s the studio behind Sis and Moons. Come by and visit any time, Alpharetta, Ga.
Here is one of the running dogs, lots of work left. Unicorn being followed by rabbits and dogs.
Classes cancelled for winter weather so we are getting some sculpting done. Rhinoceros and zombies are trending today.
I have been fermenting on this idea, image for a while. Working on the big side today.
Mr. Jack is working hard on fill-ins. Lots of bits, broken rectangles and contrasting colors. We used the ‘sugar’ paint on card board about 6″ x 4″.
Day light savings time is working against us today. I have added a new day time shot.
Mr. Jack working from sketch. We are loving the new colors from ‘the paint yard’ and love getting boxes in the mail!
Day light photo.
The street art class started in 2016 at Sis and Moon’s tree house studio. Alex Feliciano teaches art, form, and design with street art. For more info visit Sis and moons website
Witch monster scares you most?
This is a doodle from my IPhone’s digital sketch book called, ‘Tiny Pink Sketchbook’, made with Paper 53. I doodle anytime I get a minute, most sketches are connected to the part of my brain that I can’t always talk too, until it draws me a picture. Lots of artist have verbalized this in different ways… enjoy.
The witch makes me wonder what makes them frightening? She has no claws, teeth, fur, muscles, or slim which makes her the most interesting monster. Drawn as ugly green women to make us shrink in our theater chair but looking closer she is now my favorite classic monsters depicted reading books. Smart girls make folks run in fear?
‘The gravity of the earth is pulling me down.’, says Swamp Thing.
‘The best place to lay eggs?’ The slimy creature thinks as it watches you skipping rocks. ‘A host to houses my eggs, something warm and tasty.’ Swamp thing thinks as it silently slips into the cold dry air. Looking down at reflections in still eye. She smiles at you after your breath is gone, ‘What a happy nest this will make. I’m such a good mom.’ She smiles as you’re dragged under.
Kinda grossing myself out with this one.
Big clouds blow away to reveal a b-boy on a bicycle, chased by a dog who would’ve been happy with a bone, and a girl who likes robots.
And odd one eyed four legged kids, following friends who come from nowhere.
Today lots of work in my head that needs to come out.
The werewolf haunts the countryside unable to find home. Between the villages and the trees family on both sides of the divide, but unable to join.
Lots of stories about the werewolf as a way to understand the natural world. Other stories of a rabid animal who wants to destroy the world.
Next monster is Frankenstein’s creation, making something that can’t be predicted. Who will be the lucky one, the survivors.
There is a lot to take apart, like why is a reanimated biological entity scary? Why do we fear it?
Tonight the house is quiet, dishes clean, and the kids asleep. In that stillness I blow the dust from a large 11″x14″ sketchbook.
goofing around with Windsor Newton watercolor pens. I have been sitting on these things for a while. The foam brush is nice.Really liking the marker ‘brush’ on this watercolor maker. When you are super fresh, show and prove.
The Dracula, a force of mystery and seduction. It’s a undead force with a cunning mind, that plots and is vengeful. It is the teeth that we associate with power, a vehicle for the blood that it needs.
This drawing done with the app Paper53, on the iPhone 5s, and with my finger, Alex Feliciano, 10/2017
Yes, up late and making marks on paper, today I’m rocking a red sharpie, a red dry erase and a red Windsor Newton watercolor maker. Dogs and peaceshocka for pages.
All tiny little thorny. Small micro dogs stitched and fat. Dogs thin tiny little… again and again.
lots of red. Peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace….all red then I switch to using a strange black ink brush pen, foam tip style… not my fave, it might be a bit dry.
September 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This event is rain or shine
Alpharetta’s downtown streets will be lined with over 100 scarecrows to celebrate its fall spirit. Join in on the free family entertainment that includes groovy country music, games of crow-cornhole, hay rides, quirky face painting, historical demos, artsy activities, stimulating story-telling, yummy festival food and engaging inflatables.
The Alpharetta Scarecrow Event
Sketches for the AIA Scarecrow for the 2017 Scarecrow festival.
Getting help from the students and parents to make this Peace Plant. Lots of sketches and pairing this with lessons going on for ‘Peace Day’ lessons. The idea of ‘Peace Day’ was a big influence on this design and the inspiration for the ‘Solar Powered Peace Plant’.
The school broke up into teams to create meaningful content around the idea of Peace on Earth.
1. Collecting and preparing items to be up-cycled.
2. Writing articles about what ‘Peace’ mean to them.
3. Talking pictures and collecting media. Then uploading and creating webpages for AIA website.
4. Using the leaves to tag the build efforts and the site to detail what Peace means to them.
Up-cycling at AIA!
Hello kids, parents, and friends, we need your empty items! Plastic and more to up-cycle for the Solar Powered Peace Plant scarecrow.
Later that week…. tons of goodies… We are so grateful to all those who donated and are making this crazy idea possible.
The Peace Plant… What do you want this thing to look like? Thinking about what will loot great, But how will we build it, LOL? What are we building, follow along and see.
Florida WestFair Murals
Ran across this newspaper clipping while helping my mom move. I thought it might be fun to post. In 1996 a good friend of the family helped me get this gig painting murals. I was supposed to do a group thing where I organized my peers to come down and paint, but that didn’t happen so I painted two big ass murals myself. I’m sure made everyone involved very nervous.
It was two very long weekends where I painted the best and largest sunset I had ever done and spilt a pints worth of 1Shot fire red on it my head, painful and messy.
Alex feliciano helped the town of Davie get a head start for Florida WestFair last week by painting this western-style mural on the side of the First Union Bank building on Davie Road….
Tuesday’s bi-monthly Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group.
This week was destiny came to model for us. I was teaching my Street Art class till 7:30 so showed up a bit late. I missed the one minute warm-up poses. Great lighting as always and the snacks are good although right now i’m working on my heath so no cookies.
I got there just in time for the last two five minute poses.
Line drawing in Red ink of Destiny stretching with hands forward. Five minute pose.
Hunched and resting, line drawing with red ink of Destiny, five minute pose.
One leg forward, sitting on a large black cushion, Painting with shapes using the roller tool in Paper 53 in pink and mauve tones. Destiny, ten minute pose.
This painting of Destiny resting on one hand, using orange tones, last ten minute pose.
Painting with purple tones, while Destiny sits in a large chair.
Painting with red pillow, a twenty minute pose while Destiny naps.
Last Pose of the night, a purple toned painting of destiny while she rests with her feet up.
I brought an iPad to the bi-monthly Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group.
The Group brought in Scott to pose he’s the first male model in a long time and it’s the first time using my iPad at a life drawing event. Tonights sketches all posted below. We started, like most sessions, with one Minute poses.
Big fills with ‘Roller’ tool.
I’m using #Paper53 to do the drawings. The ‘Roller’ tool is my favorite!
Still just doing one minute drawings I feel a bit clumsy with the iPad, new media is always funny at first.
Scott is throwing down great one min poses.
Legs, one minute drawing.
Nope, jump to a new page.
Better, this is the last one minute figure drawing.
Ok five minute figure drawing are flowing better. I and able to break out shapes and show some structure.
More of Scott as captured by Alex Feliciano and his magic tablet.
Getting a bit easier now. More colors added to the pallet.
Nice hands in this one.
Hard pose, I was really trying to capture tention might go back and rework this at a later time.
More great hands, thanks Scott
working on the iPad is tuff but the ease of switching colors makes up for it, I’m using Paper53 on an iPad Pro and Apple pencil,
Now we venture into the 10 minute poses. Hello Detail, can this thing do it?
Yes it can, Another 10 minute figure draw by Alex Feliciano with Paper 53.
10 minutes adding yellow to the pallet.
Fingers, nope, next page please.
Fingers, Better, figure drawing of Scott with pole extension.
P.S. Scott has a light beard and because I don’t get many dudes modeling for me and none with beards I’m like WTF.
20 Minutes, I’m switching to a pencil tool on the iPad.
And the last figure drawing of the night, 20 minutes, Thank you Scott.
Doodling while kids are at karate. alway carry markers.
I might make a Block, for printing out of this one. I have never done a multiple print block print, But…
Expanding ‘There’ and ‘Their’ to Oscar (6) while in the middle of a monster doodle fight.
Having a great day and doodling it in small moments of time.
Looking around on YouTube and found online figure drawing videos. Very neat stuff, I felt a little clumsy with the remote, iPad, Apple Pencil, and sitting on the couch. The videos are timed and the lighting is nice.
Stay tuned for more drawings
Stickers, you wanna’ make stickers… Ok, what do you know about a printing press?
So we selected some sketches, tried them out using thick makers on paper (Draw thick lines to cut thick lines). The students worked out the composition on paper then transferred it over to the rubber printing blocks. Then the scary part KNIFES you can’t make cool stuff without them. After a quick safety lesson including graphic descriptions of possible wounds I passed out the block cutting knifes, happy to report no injuries. HURRAY! They cut thin then cut thick ribbions out of the rubber block, soon they could see the block taking shape. In the end very few revisions where needed. Now a lesson on rollers, ink, and the printing press, they were like fish to water and after a demo, they quietly worked in turns one would be inking their block while the other was pressing. I couldn’t have hoped for better.
The happiness of making tangible items in such a tactile way was expressed in their quiet smiles and the care put into storing away the work.
Lots of work goes into a single image, many sketches are done before the block is made.
Getting and even layer of ink.
Printing and inking
This weekend update:
I packed up the minivan with tons of painting supplies, lots of cardboard, glue guns, and two kids and headed to Sis and Moons to start an large installation (still in progress). The kids Helped me unpack boxes of paint and odds and ends, in the process earned some choice pieces of cardboard, and settled in the back to work on their totem pole (thanks Chris).
Below is a picture of one canvas we use in the ‘Street Art‘ class and my new wall.
I started by cutting and trimming down the Bear Head costume. The shoulder pads, chest plate, and back panels where removed. I also removed some underlying structure inside the head. I pulled out the glue guns and started adding new support structures and prepping it for a flat wall.
I took a few minutes to add some color. On the right you can see the back of the bear head and some body panels that were removed and on the floor,
I moved the head to the table for more trim and paint. I also started a border around the head.
Working at the studio!Posted by Alex Feliciano on Saturday, January 28, 2017
Four hours of me working on the bear and the wall.
After the border around the bearhead was done I measured the wall to plan out where the bear was going to go, getting late on a saturday 1 maybe 2 am and then I started painting.
Bear head almost in place. All the parts starting to come together.
74 Post-it notes
Completely bonkers. I was cleaning my desk and kept finding little drawings mixed in with meeting notes. well this is all of them. Some of the Post it notes are from 2012 when I was working at WebMd.
Update: Three woman paintings, they are working out. I have been finding moments to paint. Clem reminds me while she finds a warm spot on the floor in the studio. (Thanks Steve for the great easel). Three woman paintings, 30″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas. I have been going to a open sketch group and working up painting based on some of the sketches.
Every painting is getting more pumped to get to the next one.
The patterns in this one is making me happy, slowly I go.
This is Clem’s favorite painting.
First of the year Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group.
Thanks for the great event, Ann M. rocked it, and the Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group started my year off great. Tonights sketches all posted below.
Twenty minute sessions:
The shadows tonight were great, the light was behind her and she was bathed in shadows. I had to really work to see the subtle changes.
Ten minute sessions:
I have finished this book, next book is a bigger spiral bound, I’m very excited to wreck a new one.
Five minute sessions:
The HANDS! She had great hand, holding wonderfully, casting shadows, and interesting archs… nailed it.
Three minute sessions:
When you go from One minute poses to three minute… you feel like you could finish every drawing.
One minute sessions:
Great poses, the negative space made my job very easy.
The Paint Yard, wrote a nice post about the ‘Street Art Class’
The paint yard is a great place to get a variety of spray paint and supplies (fat caps, liners, specialty paints, markers and more) and they have the ‘Sugar’ from the makers of Ironlak, the paint is special. It combines water with alcohol made from sugar cane, replacing the usual petroleum-based solvents. The result is an extremely low-odor spray paint that contains fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
It is important that students are safe and get to work with high quality materials, while learning the fundamentals of design and painting.
The ‘Street Art‘ class meets once a week (Tuesday at 5:30-7:30 come by and check us out). During the lessons we focus on drawing and painting followed by design reviews, the reviews and discussions are designed to engage the thoughtfulness needed to inspire creativity in young artist. Special thanks to ‘The Paintyard’ for the great sales on paint, and to Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta, Ga for the wonderful teaching space.
We will be trying out a new product ‘Sugar’ a cane sugar based paint.
This week we will be working on letter forms and putting that onto the canvas. Below are some samples to jumpstart your imagination. We will also be working with the MTN water based, the Montana Gold acrylic, and the NEW Sugar based paint.
Each alphabet is a good example of continuity within a style. Look at Line weight, color, shape and of course the flare!
The street art class is winding down.
The five week long street art class has hit class number five and number five was so fun, it started out as a lesson on stencils and evolved into a wrapping paper making project. The session ended so well we are adding one more class (a sixth week). Great work everyone!
Everyone really pushed and got their hand dirty.
Detail, an orange snowflake under a gold start, hiding behind a green tree, that was run over by a candy cane. lots of stencilling action going on here.
Some great color sections popped out of the lesson, everyone was so busy working we didn’t find them till I was cleaning up.
The stencils that survived.
40 feet hung to dry.
More stencils, hung flat to dry, they will be tasty and stiff when they dry.
Look for fancy wrapped present under a tree near you.
Watch some short video and have any questions ready to discuss, and Patterns
The Letter “E”: https://youtu.be/kpaVkxB0Tw4
Watching a piece from start to finish: https://youtu.be/3US_fm0sWHo
Find examples of patterns, bring 3 or more, for use in next piece (They can be anything… save them to your device, print, magazine tear out or photos).
Sketch book 11″ × 8½”, a black book with smooth pages. Like this available where ever you like to by supplies.
Markers, I had some questions about markers. So you can find Touch and Copic Markers at at DickBlick in Roswell or you can shop Amazon/Google for ‘touch’ markers, most kits are no cheaper online, But if your willing to take delivery from China and wait weeks for delivery you can find some good deals..
Comparing and Contrasting
Lastly we will be looking at two different artist who approach street art from two different styles we will be comparing and contrasting in and short critique.
I’m working on Holiday cards for everyone, I’m making a few and will post with instructions to print them for free, stay tuned.
I will make last year’s cards available on the ‘shop‘ page tonight. Cutest Couple in the North Pole, Dear Santa, and Merry Christmas 2015.
Last night the Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group put on their bi-monthly drawing event. Kate pulled off some great poses. Food was … Oreos and Doritos.
The group offers a casual night of figure art drawing and painting. Great comfortable location for you to draw the model we provide. The session begins with several short poses to warm up before progressing through longer and longer poses throughout the night. There are limited spots, join the facebook group, available so please reserve yours as early as possible.
The group provides: Location, Lighting, Model, Props, and More
I love looking at the 1 minute sketches.
The day has come, halloween is here, and all this work is worth it. Gio has his afro cardboard frankenstein, Oscar is rocking a full cardboard Pokemon Charizard, Damien is welding a pair of custom cardboard katanas, and Alex is suited up as a cardboard bear.
This is a shot of the Bear at work, before the Costume contest, second place!
Don’t Shoot, I did not take the Picnic baskets and I am not a zombie.
Sketching from life at Studio in Alpharetta.
We had such a great model, she made my job easy. Mona had great poses and locked it in for sets of 1, 3 5 10 and 15 minute.
I started with a red “Supracolor II soft made by Caran d’Ache“, (more) pencil, very soft , but I was alway able to find an edge and get tight when I wanted. At first, I went back and forth and, finally settled on red. The end results were more than I hoped for.
Pushing hard towards halloween, flowing with Cardboard and Hot Glue, here is a picture of the Bear Head. You can check out earlier pics here. I’m happy with the head, I will be starting the suit next. Worried about the paint job, cardboard nude or custom paintjob?
After halloween I will get back to the Clem Heads.
Adding lots of detail, looking for the feeling of fur.
I’ve never built a bear head before. but i have always wanted to build a large animal costume. Alex Feliciano, ” I might make it in time for halloween”. We will see.
I really like this view. I think about painting it and wonder how to go about it, I have lots of crazy sketches and this dog head from a few years back.
More ‘Clem Head’ doodles this weekend. I’m using lots of pink, coral and magenta it just keeps happening. I went to 1shot‘s web site (below) they have all the colors I need. I was worried… “How I’m gonna mix that color”.
I don’t know if i can go full plaid, maybe if I had this machine. I might try to replicate this ‘water transfer printing technique’ with one of the Clem heads, thin paint and a bucket.
Stole this off 1shot.com‘s site. I think I can find the colors I need.
Stay tuned for more ClemHead.