BonaVadaIllustration

Custom Graphite Portraits and Art Prints by Kevin Gomez

San Diego, California

Announcement    Commission a realistic portrait from a photo and receive all six illustration prints as a thank you!

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2017

Commission a realistic portrait from a photo and receive all six illustration prints as a thank you!

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Pencil & Paper, Sweet & Simple

Bona Vada Illustrations is an art business created by San Diego based artist Kevin Gomez. His medium of preference is graphite on paper and the artwork he creates is heavily influenced by vintage photography, religious iconography, and LGBT history. His love for capturing fine details in a drawing and his ability to produce soft gradients with a pencil allows him to draw realistic portraits of people, using photographs as references. Each piece is done by small crosshatching strokes and by lifting highlights with erasers. No blending stumps or shaders are used. This technique is time consuming and labor intensive but the end result is well worth the effort. His freehand illustrations of imagined characters are made in a style reminiscent of times past and are a direct visual communication of the artist's identity as a queer chicano man.

The name Bona Vada comes from Polari, a form of British slang mainly used by gay men in order to communicate openly among themselves without fear of being understood by people who were not privy to the lingo. Its usage declined shortly after homosexuality was decriminalized in the 1960's.

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