Behind the Muse: with Kyle Scott Mitchell

“I drew Angus Carter at the Luck of the Draw event, and it’s kind of a funny story. Angus and I have been good friends since High School. We joked about the what ifs of drawing each other’s names, and I couldn’t help but laugh when I actually saw his name roll out from under that cup.”AngusKyleLarkin

“My process starts from a board, or canvas that I’ll cover with a thick coat of black paint. For me, it eliminates all other elements, and possibilities, allowing me to get at only what needs to be there. Usually it’s in the form of old memories that are pulled from somewhere in the backlogs of my brain. It takes a lot of concentration, but something always comes screaming through. Afterward, it’s just a mad rush to bring it out of the black before it’s forgotten, or I have to start all over. It’s actually a really exciting process for me, and usually accompanied by some fun music. I guess it’s kind of a Zen approach to art, but I really don’t label myself as such.

Whenever I do portraits, they tend to deviate from my normal method in some way that bends more toward their character. Angus’ portrait is no different. So far it’s turned into something slightly more complex, and chaotic, which actually suits him pretty well.” ~Kyle

I ran into Kyle and Angus recently at an art opening at Larkin Arts. When I cornered them for a photo, I asked Kyle if they had any older photos together. Much to my surprise, Kyle sent me this gem. Check out Kyle and Angus in high school!

Angus and Kyle Throwback1“We were all going to a pro wrestling show, if I recall, and it was canceled. We all pretended to be really super bummed for the photo. I was a bit of a chunkier kid in High School, making really bad choices in hair-styles, and Angus was a skinny little vegan/straight edge dude (hard to believe, I know). We’re on the bottom right of the photo.” ~Kyle

Look for Kyle’s portrait of Angus at the August Art Lotto opening as well as the portrait of Kyle which is being created by Parvina Mamatova.

Behind the Muse: with Pat Jarrett

Winner of last year’s Oh Snap! photography award and down right awesome photographer, Pat Jarrett, is up to good again. This year, he selected Parvina Mamatova’s name from the cup at the Luck of the Draw event. Since graduating from James Madison University in 2012, Parvina has relocated to Baltimore. The distance between her and Pat created a small obstacle that proved easily maneuvered by these two motivated artists. Pat shared a digital sketch of his portrait of Parvina along with a few words about his experience.
Parvina Pat Jarrett
“Because Parvina lives in Baltimore it was tricky connecting, but we just so happened to be in the same town on the same day in March so we met at IKEA. We walked around looking for the right book shelves I needed to buy, chatting about her life and her thoughts on creativity and whatnot. I like her style, she has good energy. Also, she was wearing an IKEA-blue coat. After making frames in the store we went outside and I had her stand against the blue exterior of the building. The last frame was the best. 
Last year I made a portrait of Elliott Downs using an extensive projection technique with multiple shoots and slide projectors. I am still quite interested in watching how projections work with digital photography, but since I only had the one shoot with her I started playing around with color and differing opacity. Mine is still not complete, but it is a play on red v blue.” ~Pat