My Artist History

West African Christ in Slave Trade Bondage. by QABradford 2003

The first time I dabbled in art successfully was a crayon drawing I made for my mom in pre-school at San Miguel Elementary. I remember in vivid red, yellow, green and black I illustrated a picture of my mom, using the brown crayon for her skin tone. I looked at my teacher for approval and she complimented me on it and I felt absolutely affirmed. And she helped me write the rhyme to caption it on the white paper: “There’s a snail in my pail and my mother doesn’t know it.” That was my earliest memory of knowing I was good at art. And it grew. My inspiration continued in middle school as I continued drawing and revised characters. One middle school summer I spent at the San Diego Museum of Art summer camp for youth, getting to illustrate inspirations based off of great works from around the world.

Tradition then carried on into high school where with great drive I took on my senior project in creating a comic book under the guidance of Billy Martinez of the Wildflower comic book. All along, I integrated my love of the art with understanding the formal academia behind it, writing one MLA paper on the censorship of comics for my junior paper, looking at the 1950s McCarthyis book turnings and destruction of the pulp publishing industry. I then reprised it my senior year with an exploration of the legitimacy of comics by analyzing the formal writings of greats like Will Eisner and Scott McCloud.

However, to my disappointment, I found that a collegiate track for becoming a comics professional was a bit far off and largely centered in the USA’s East Coast Megalopolis. So instead I declared Japanese language as my major and let art be my minor. It fortunately fueled me through a glorious study abroad at Osaka University of Arts where in my free time I picked up fine art modeling that grew into a mini-career in its own right.

In my maturity and after exploring my talent for modeling as featured in GQ Japan Online, Rage Magazine, Mascular Magazine and the Favorite Hunks blog, I realized I had gained enough experience to provide guidance for others. In addition, my rank as a 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do helped me realize I had some qualifications to validate my knowledge as well not only as an artist but as a performance artist.

Art Ventures

Broker’s Building Art Gallery Board

The Broker’s Building Art Gallery Board’s mission is to provide informed, stimulating and valuable art experiences that compliment the diverse demographics of San Diego while reflecting and preserving the heritage of our historic building in dedication and support of freedom of speech and the proliferation of creative professions, their history and technical studies.

Afrofuturism Lounge

The Afrofuturism Lounge to provide an educational, entertaining, and informative space for creative and critical thinkers alongside community builders to experience speculative futures and the multiverse as an exploration of art as well as a world of opportunities.

Black Star Line Comics

As a kid in elementary school, my mind was just like any young boy of our time: wrapped up in video games, cartoons, comics, science fiction, fantasy and make-believe.

Gallery

Illustrations & Sketches

MEN’S PHYSIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY

Boylesque Performer Marvin “Pho King” Garcia, QABPRODERV.COM 2020

IFBB Professional Bodybuilder Nick Bustos, QABPROSERV.COM, Spring 2018

NFL Los Angels Chargers Linebacker (#48) Alvin Scioneaux Jr., QABPROSERV.COM 2018

舞踏, Avant Garde model Xing Le, QABPROSERV.COM, 2018

LANDSCAPES

SDSU Ravines, 2014

MODELING PORTFOLIO

Various photographers 2006-2016

EDUCATIONAL PORTFOLIO

Drawing II, Grossmont College, 2001-2004

Life Drawing, Grossmont College, 2001-2004

Digital Photography, San Diego State University, “Downtown Abstract,” San Diego, 2006.

“Abiria” Comic Book, Helix High School, 2000-2001