Daniel Martinez

Artist Statement:

My Art work develops every time I screw up literally, on paper and in Life. I develop new Technique by trying all forms of Art, different styles. And if I see a Art piece that is mind blowing and looks difficult to draw, I’ll put it to the test. Thats how I progress. I learn from every Artist, and if you created it your self, it is never wrong, nor could ever be wrong. for you are the creator no matter what anyone says. I never really knew what inspired me to draw. Besides the love I have for Art. period. My oldest brother Jessie taught me Art as a kid. Money was tight growing up, we were poor. So when toys where not gifts it was coloring books and color pencils. I remember drawing a shark one day on the dinner table, my brother walk up behind me and seen the shark, he told me “Thats badass, but you can do better I know you can, let me show you.” Instead of my straight shark that looked stiff and stale. He showed me how to open the mouth and show teeth, how to curve the tale in a swimming motion. I was amazed of how easy I could have done that, but didnt think to do so. He says to me “there, now it looks alive, give it a try.” I’ve never brought this up to him, but from that day forward every Art work I have done had to look alive, I was in 5th grade when this accured. He is a Art teacher now, and so am I, but in prison, I thank him for this gift. About 5, months ago I drew a portrait for someones family. I was in the shu, lock up. This friend of mine wrote me a kite and This kite has given me my inspiration for Art today. It said “you have a gift, you don’t belong in prison with this talent, Always remember your Art work will be around forever even after your gone, and that right there is priceless.” These words have become my inspiration, I’ve never bothered to look at my Art work in that way, until now. And this was only 5 months ago, I’ve been drawing my whole life.

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