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Charcoal Pencil Drawings
Skid Row's Finest
Marq & Co.
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MARQUIS' BROTHEL is mainly an artistic combination of several of my obsessions; Miami Vice, the horror genre, the female form, and the human condition. Before starting this website, my model-actress wife Teresa (pseudonym Ryli Morgan) and I were known as "On Mark Productions," appearing at horror conventions up and down the US east coast for more than a decade since 2002. We established a worldwide fan base on account of our independent films and music (for more about that, visit createtolive.com). Although I still continue to promote those earlier works both on and off the road, working alone on one new art piece after another is now my main focus.
My story...? Well, I've had a keen interest in fine art nearly all my life (my first gallery exhibition was a string painting I did in Kindergarten), with charcoal drawing quickly becoming my own preferred medium. I honed this talent with art classes and photo study throughout high school, and then focused on commissioned portraits in my 20's. Though always a perfectionist, back then I didn't bother "finishing" an image with a background because I'd already exhausted myself - and, quite often, my interest in the piece - with an overly detailed main subject. With age comes patience, however, and I gradually began to focus just as much - if not more so - on what was behind that main subject as I did on it. The trick, still, was finding just the right balance of light and dark to make this rather limiting black & white medium as eye-catching and vibrant as possible.
In late 2015, my creative focus shifted to photo shoots and digital painting, soon trading in my charcoal pencils for a stylus. I'd already photographed Teresa on numerous occasions... To have several more models pose for me was just a natural progression, the results of which sparked the name "Marquis' Brothel"; beauties for the beast in each of us.
You'll find more art here than photographs... Nowadays I consider photography only a means to create art. Anyone can snap a picture. The camera itself creates the raw image, while an artist spends hours recreating that image by hand until finally satisfied with every curve, color, shadow and border.
I am that artist. I live to create... and I create to live. In an age of apps that turn photos into art with just a tap of the screen, I proudly remain a traditional old-schooler; forever drawing & coloring away with a utensil between cramped fingers.
MARK "MARQUIS" BARANOWSKI
Charlotte, North Carolina USA
DISCLAIMER: Not affiliated with or sponsored by the creators, producers, and/or rights holders of any subject, individual or character depicted in these works, nor is any available item to be considered officially licensed merchandise relating to any such featured subject.