Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I've done a couple of drawings like this already, the very first one that I did, was with a reference that I ran into in my tumblr, which was more finished looking than the ones I'm doing and like the one that I based off the one I found in tumblr. I like both finishes, but I like finishing mine with a lot of movement and lines and I like to draw them out with things that feel really scratchy, dry and with a lot of friction, like the one sanguine that I have left and charcoal. These two that I did today, are one with sanguine and the other one with charcoal.
I really like how they turned out <3

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Second set of nude photos and body painting.

The second nude photoshoot that I did this year also involved body painting, with Colombian artist Aanubis Vrussh and photographer Gerardo Pesantez.

He wanted me to represent fire, the end result looks more like magma, solidified and fluid. A friend told me that I look like a titan, which is pretty awesome lol
Unfortunately, Aanubis was asking for some really specific superhero and comic type poses, so I wasn't really given the time to explore a lot of poses and do something really cool and have all the painting really appreciated.

I really like this first picture, because you can really appreciate the paint on my hands and fingers, I LOVE what he did there. That degradation of color and the colors that he chose, remind me of some crazy flower, all I can think of is a lily and at the same time, some kind of glove.

In this second picture, I think, you see the work of painting the best and where you can see the entire work, because he painted me from the knees up.

This is one of the few pictures that I was doing my own pose, rather than what Aanubis was telling me. I think some really interesting stuff could have come out.

This is my favorite picture, although it's definitely one of the superhero poses that Aanubis was telling me to do.

So that's today's blog entry for you, I hope you like it and find it interesting =D I'm also going to write an entry for my second individual art exhibit that I had not long ago soon.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011


I've done several nude photoshoots this year, modeling in general is something that I'd like to get into, in the sense of being able to make money off of it and kind of like a hobby.
This one that I'm going to talk about today, is the first nude photoshoot I did, with photographer Tito Herrera. Here is a link to the blog entry regarding the pictures: El retrato de Gabriela

Here are two of the pictures that he took:

And, if you speak Spanish, here is a little interview that we did, about my hair, my posing naked and my artistic work. And when it finishes, you're able to see the picture that he chose as my "portrait".

One other thing about modeling is the turning of the tables that happens, where I become the subject for another artist and I have to become malleable for him or her to be able to achieve what they see in their mind's eye and to be faithful to that. This comes with the posing and expressing a specific thing and interacting with whatever backdrop. It's really interesting and I think it makes sense for an artist to be able to turn the tables on him/herself that way.
Like, I realize that my paintings or drawings aren't asking empathy from me and they're not asking for me to feel what they might feel, but it's just a different way to experience art, you see how another artist interacts with his/her work.
It also reminds me a lot of a book, called "The Art of Murder". In this book, which is set slightly in the future, the artworks are humans and they're primed like canvases and they're sold and rented and they become objects of art, it's very interesting. I realize I'm not experiencing being an object of art like in the book, and the moment where I'm part of a piece of art is fleeting and ephemeral and only moments of that is caught in the pictures, but it's still very interesting to me and is something I can continue to feed and edify myself from as an artist and a person. And have the added bonus of making money from it lol

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Kind of Mask

I finished another piece and this one is a tattoo design commission and I'm VERY happy with the result and just how the whole entire process went!
'Cuz my customer approached me and was just like "I want a tattoo design by you", but nothing entirely concrete, we talked a little bit and I had him show me what pieces of mine he liked in particular and images of other stuff that he likes, otherwise, it was pretty much free reign for me.
So I put this down:

A rough idea, just to get started going somewhere, that I felt involved most of the things he likes, and since he liked it right off the bat (how lucky did I get with that! haha!), I kept working on it and here you have a progress shot, almost about to be done, when I'd already added some color:

And here you have the finished result, I worked for about three days, but working very slowly and faffing about like there was no tomorrow:

I used a 6B pencil, watercolors and colored pencils over an 8 x 10 inch paper, I like how it turned out =D

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Monday, November 7, 2011


So I finished the drawing that I talked about in the previous entry.

And I wanted to show my reference, which is an image I stumbled upon in tumblr:

What I like best of this drawing are the abstract that's coming out of her mouth and her hair, with the combination of sharp angles and flowing curves, I like how it turned out =D

That's going to be all for today, don't forget my Facebook page, which you should like and suggest to all of your friends: Gabriela Handal Arte
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Drawing with a 6B pencil

Today I'm doing a drawing with a 6B pencil, with a reference that I found in my tumblr. I used to think that I really LOVED those high B pencils, just because they're so DARK! but that's kind of a double edged weapon, because it's really easy to stain your piece, if you want to erase, there's probably going to be a little carbon smudge left behind and you might have to sharpen your pencil like a million time, because the lead is so soft.
It's like you're drawing with velvet lol

Anyway, this is what I'm currently working on and I hope to finish today =D

It's a girl with an abstract coming out of her mouth. At first, I was thinking of using as reference another picture I found in tumblr, which is one of those really amazing pictures of tinted water being dropped into transparent water. This picture in particular, the tinted substance is SO. DENSE. The texture in the whole picture is pretty amazing. That's something that I'd like to draw at some point as well, though.

So, that's it for today. Remember my Facebook page, remember to like it and share it with your friends =D Gabriela Handal Arte It's up to 1266 likes, I'm pretty proud of myself =D!