Guest Post by Artist David Francisco
My name Is David Francisco I am an artist living in Binghamton NY.
I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray
I have been Painting, making music, and making street art my whole life. Recently within the past 5-10 years I have been documenting it on myspace, facebook and instagram. I am writing this because I want to encourage others to be creative and leave their own unique mark on this planet.
Nothing Else Matters
I would like to talk a little about my own personal feelings about making street art. In the moment when you are walking around putting up your art you feel like nothing else matters, but this moment in time right now. There is an adrenaline rush, like all the hard work has finally come to fulfilment. (I would soon realize that putting the art in an urban setting is just the beginning of the art coming to a full and complete fruition).
My Street Art Process
I usually spend the night before gathering up finished and soon to be finished sticker art. I will grab all my paint markers and blank stickers first. Tonight the postal sticker is my canvas.
I start out by creating circular shapes and lines without direction. I start a lot of art like this because it is more interesting for me to define a piece of art out of nonsense. Creating in this way makes me feel like the art is truly, something new and unique. Once I have an idea of what the amorphous shapes are going to be, I start to edit the piece.
I begin editing and fine tuning usually by creating an outline, of the body or face. I will add color to create shadows, highlights, and depth.
Often I will cut the sticker so that it has a neat outline when placed, on a wall. once I am done creating a few new stickers, I will make the final details, add color, fill in blank spots, touch ups, cover ups, etc.
By the end of the night I usually have a decent stack of stickers to dole out. Recently I have been going out late in the evening around 9:30pm.
Location, Location, Location
10:00pm it is quiet and real easy to move around the streets and find great spots to put up artwork. Tonight I took a different route that I normally go to try and cover more space with my art.
When selecting a space for a sticker to be placed, a number of things come to mind. The surface that the sticker is being placed has to be smooth. So I am always on the look out for a nice and smooth surface. Next, you want your art to be seen. You want to place you art in a area that is going to get some attention. You also want to be as respectful as possible. Do not put stickers on windows, or other places that are obnoxious. When placing art you want to use common sense as much as possible.
If you find a nice spot but it is busy with law enforcement stay away until you have surveyed the area and can easily display art without getting caught in the act.
Be aware of your surroundings and you should be ok.
Inspiring Others with Street Art
On these trips I usually walk about 5 to 6 miles in a large circle back to my house. on the way back I looked at some early work and was happy to see that they were still in relatively good condition. On one of the light poles I had posted on, I noticed some one had posted their own little sticker creature. This made me proud. I am not positive but I like to think as I was walking home tonight, that my art inspired someone!
Documenting Art & Environment
I finished writing the first part of this blog around 1:30 am. went to sleep. All I could think about as I woke later in the day was that I had to go back and get pictures of the art before they were damaged by the rain, or missing. I made some coffee real quick, got my phone and was off to take some pictures.
I started walking in the same direction as last night and came across the first sticker I put up the previous night. It was this one with a tribal looking guy with horns and a lot of color. It was raining but the paint markers seemed to be holding up pretty good.
as I crossed the bridge getting closer to downtown I found a bunch more stickers that I had put up. I took some shots of the streets in Binghamton. It was a busy day but people didn't seem to notice me going about my way and taking pictures of my art.
By the end of my trip I went back to get a picture of the little creature I found on a pole, and was surprised to find that a couple more stickers had been put up since the night before. Seeing that people are following suit and expressing their selves through art makes me feel like I am doing something meaningful with my creativity.
Don't Forget to Look up
I was also listening to music and thinking about how music is always making me think about life and really allows me to step out of my shoes and be a honest observer of my surroundings. I noticed that the outside world goes like clock work. cars move in a certain pattern, people walk a certain way. all trying to get some where.
If I step out of the monotony of daily life and leave a mark of expression, will it catch some ones eye? will they think about their dreams, are they still chasing them? Will they snap out of it for a second and think "hey! there is something else out there, this isn't everything". This is what I hope to accomplish when I create street art.
I hope this Blog has been informative. I want to thank the very talented Artist Rachel Weaver for giving me the opportunity to document this act of creating art that is something I am very passionate about.