Blue Jean


‘Blue Jean’ © 2016 Carlos Aleman

This portrait of my wife began with an analogous color study (I still remember the title of the assignment from my 1984 design 101).  The undertones consist of neutral gray, white and magenta rendered in a combination of dry brush and water techniques.  Scrapes and pencil scribbles activate the plane with energy and texture.  The high contrast black facial forms take on a stencil quality pioneered by Warhol and still alive and well in the work of street artists.  (In case you were wondering, I don’t always think of my wife in such analytical terms.)

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2 thoughts on “Blue Jean

  1. Though you do her justice as you do with all your works, she is more beautiful not in blue. And yet another Aleman work of art…precious.

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