Bola Onayemi

Bola Onayemi

Personal Projects

These are a collection of artworks I have produced for close friends, family, for my own personal pleasure, or to challenge my artistic ability. The majority of images were sketched using graphite and color pencil, black marker, black ink, and then touched up in Photoshop, or simply created entirely in Photoshop. The images either come from my original sketches, or use pictures of familiar characters in pop culture as my inspiration.

“Bilius” (2012) – Sketch of Ronald Bilius Weasley from the Harry Potter series; I created the image using pencil, ink pen and color pencil, and framed the border with black permanent marker. I wanted the image to give off a feeling of warmth, while still capturing Ron’s subdued expression; 10 hours to complete.

'‘Of Two Different Minds’'(2007): A Diptych, created using color pencil and ink on paper collage. A Diptych is two separate images that tell their own stories, which when combined present a bigger story, but are still able to exist independently on their own. For the image on the left I combined several small images (each representing a different desire in life) into a collage, which the subject (who represents passion) reaches out to with every free limb he has. The image on the right was created using actual pieces of paper attached to an unlying image of the subject sitting deep in thought. This individual (who represents sober thought) is staring at a spot on the table with the imprint of a book he feels he needs to read. There are clues right in front of him that might possibly lead him to the knowledge he seeks. Also, his right arms appears to be holding back something that is trying to flee from the burden of thinking things through. Colored pencil and ink pen is used throughout the Diptych; 11 hours to complete.

'‘Of Two Different Minds’'(2007): A Diptych, created using color pencil and ink on paper collage. A Diptych is two separate images that tell their own stories, which when combined present a larger story, but are still able to exist independently on their own. For the left-side image I combined several small drawings (each representing a different desire in life) into a collage; the subject (who represents passion) reaches out to each desire with every free limb he has. The right-side image was created using separate pieces of paper attached to an underlying drawing of the subject (who represents sober thought) sitting deep in thought. This individual is staring at a spot on the table with the imprint of a book he feels he needs to find. There are clues right in front of him that might possibly lead him to the knowledge he seeks. His right arm holds back his alter ego, who is trying to flee from the burden of having to think things through. Colored pencil and ink pen is used throughout the Diptych; 11 hours to complete.

“Grida” (2015) – A mythological character I created for an adventure style game I am designing; the character had to appear combat ready (and capable of defeating great warriors with her bare hands) without losing her matronly characteristics; sketched by hand and recreated in Adobe Photoshop; 8.5 hours to complete.

“Werewolf Cards” (2011) – 6 characters I and a friend of mine created for a party game called Werewolf. We’ve created 40 characters so far (and counting.) The game forces different characters to coexist in a medieval village that has been cursed by Werewolves who will stop at nothing to eat every last villager in sight (unless the villagers can stop them first.) Each image was sketched in pencil and ink pen, and then edited in Adobe Photoshop; approximately 2-3 hours per image.

“Ganondorf” (1999) – Villainous character from The Legend of Zelda series; I wanted to see how much detail I could capture in a image using color pencil framed with ink; the image was originally sketched in graphite pencil, then inked, then completed with color pencil. Slight edits and clean up of the image was subsequently made in Adobe Photoshop; 6.5 hours to complete.

'‘Spawn’'(2003): Gift for my youngest brother Jay. I used 3'‘x5’' photograph as a source for the final 8.5'‘x11’' image, and added the ‘Spawn' text on bottom right corner of image to match the green eyes of the titular character himself. Dynamic light and movement were the motivations for me recreating this image color pencil and ink; 10.5 hours to complete.

“Duel of the Fates” (2005) – An image I drew after writing out a 4 minute long animated sequence using made up Star Wars characters. I wanted to capture the movement of each character (without drawing any movement lines), the grandeur of the space (the camera is capturing the scene from a distance) and the unique lighting of the scene (the scene is being lit from the bottom center of the room, not the top); sketched in color pencil and ink pen. 2 hours.

'‘Road Block’' (2007): Trying out various tools in Adobe Photoshop (masking tool, selection tool, and the clone stamp for the shadows); the lighting on my class instructor’s jeans looked like it would work well with a photo I once took of a suburb in beautiful Hawaii, so I used Photoshop to combine both images and create a ‘road block’ situation. The ‘detour’ sign was added to get the point across; 5 hours to complete.


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