October 17, 2023
The influence of Japanese styled drawings that Rawl's older brother drew as kids are some of the first memories he has of art and the desire to create. His brother went another direction while Rawls continued to hone these skills till this day. What he has created with his miniatures takes you to the alleys and the ghettos, the tagged-up dumpsters and the hood nail shops. He does this with an incredible attention to detail and in one piece he has carefully crafted french fries and a tiny rat eating them outside a door that is vandalized. The rat himself is probably only the size of a fingernail.
As a teen he created characters and illustrations. Eventually he went as far as getting a part time job to pay for private courses. Apart from the year and a half of classes he is completely self-taught.
It was there at a sculpting class where he met some graffiti writers and began taking an interest in the culture.
Below you can see a very tiny rat feasting on french fries and a leftover burger that Rawls has molded.
We asked Rawls a few questions about his process, and these were his responses.
We all know that graffiti is not inexpensive, the greatest problem here is importing quality spray paint from national brands. We do the best with what we have. I'm currently interested in digital tools and it's something I intend to study in the coming months. I spent a large part of my life developing characters in the traditional mediums: paint, pen, pencil and paper. When I started making dioramas in 2017, I didn't do illustrations as much during this time, but I would like to go back to it. Perhaps leaning towards more towards digital renditions.
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"I like to use bright colors because in the midst of chaos, having expressive colored art draws the attention and awakens those good feelings in people. My intention is to not only influence people in graffiti but also children who are discovering new things."
"Gosto de usar cores vivas porque, em meio ao caos, ter uma arte colorida expressiva chama a atenção e desperta esses bons sentimentos nas pessoas. Minha intenção é não só influenciar as pessoas no grafite, mas também as crianças que estão descobrindo coisas novas."
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