MUSE: Stay Human

by Alley Bell

Artist: Mr. Brainwash

Inspiration page in my sketchbook

Hey guys! It's Alley. For my first post I wanted to share one of my pieces with you! I recently made a mixed media collage, inspired by a street artist that goes by the name of Mr. Brainwash. My piece, Stay Human, is a spin off of Mr. Brainwash's groovy works and use of materials.

To create my piece I used a combination of hand-drawn images and A TON of magazine clippings/photos from the internet. I created the Campbell's Soup spray cans (inspired by Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup pop-art creations) by first sketching out the design on a scrap piece of paper. Then, I traced the design three times on larger paper, making sure each drawing was the same size and shape. I finished the cans by coloring them with oil pastels. After completing the Campbell's Soup spray cans, I sketched a large skull and painted it with vibrant, pink ink. I then printed some old band posters, comic strips, a variety of different records, old cars, and any other funky images from the inter-webs.  I also found a few patterns, more skulls (I'm obsessed with skulls if you couldn't already tell), and some cool plants that I used to layer over some of the other images. After gluing the images/drawings on a thick poster board, I added the finishing touches: spray paint and a fun phrase. I used navy spray paint to add cool drips and spots and grey acrylic paint to write the words "Stay Human" across the board. Hopefully this post provided some stellar inspiration and direction for creating a Mr. Brainwash-inspired masterpiece of your own!


The final product!


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