Monday Morning MUSE Inspo by Collier: POP ART

by Collier Barksdale
Roy Liechtenstein piece (inspiration) 

Roy Liechtenstein piece (inspiration

HEY!! It's Collier, from MUSE, and I'm so excited to be publishing my first post for YOUTH! It's Monday, but not just any Monday, it's the dreaded Monday after winter break, which can only mean it will be extra long, extra boring, and extra painful. Hopefully this post and my own artwork will provide some groovy inspiration for the week to come and placate your Monday Morning blues. SOOO who doesn't love some Roy Lichtenstein? Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist in the 1960's, if you didn't know. The inspiration for this piece of mine came mostly from his work. For my own creation I wanted to add a modern twist, though, so I combined Lichtenstein's pop art girls with emojis! To create the piece I first used a pencil to draw four girls freehand. Then, I took a black sharpie fine point (for small areas), and a regular sharpie (for thinner areas) and went over my drawings. Next I used colored pencils to solidly color the hair and lips of the girls, and used a dotted pattern for the skin. To add my modern aspect, I picked an emoji that I thought represented the mood of each of the girls I drew, placed it in a thought bubble, and mod poged (glued) it all on a big board that I had covered in news print. The girls were pretty and easy to draw and pop art is super fun! Everyone can do it!

a page from my sketchbook/project plan 

a close-up on one of my faces

my finished piece
Some other phunky pop art artists to check out: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, Jaques Rosas, and Romero Britto 

If you are interested in having your artwork featured on MUSE for YOUTH, then send us an attachment of your piece with a little bit about it at alleyandcollieryouth@gmail.com, or tag your piece on Instagram using the hashtag #museforyouth 

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