Embracing unusual, somewhat typical clichés, I began drawing since I was a wee lad. Entering a new world, clutching thumb-size pencils and crayons, these soon became my tools of craft. Innocence and imagination, my library. Multiple scribbles and doodles, the spoils of this new life. Artistic divinity, and sense of abandonment, took me to quiet creative corners.The innocence of color, and artistic vision, were all left behind for a charmed life in advertising. Loss of focus and lack of direction, became the path of least resistance. A cloudy outlook, with a chance of rain, became the forecast for life. “I’ll never make it as an Artist”, resonated within. But a Love for art has its wisdom. This creative world, yet all but briefly distracted me and an artistic path less traveled could not be dismissed. “Be that Artist”, I said to myself, “What’s there to lose?” Picking up pencils, ignited my hunger – a true bliss re-discovered. The journey begins with my first illustration collection. Jazz and its magic, created in a photo realistic style. These illustrations derived from a love of the black and white photography of the late and great Herman Leonard. As Herman says ‘ Above all, enjoy the music’ A true inspiration bringing the magic of art and music together.
Stretching the mixed media palette, I’ve introduced colour into my black and white ink pointillism. Exploring acrylic sprays as a background application, frees up the amount of ink dots required, bringing a new tonal blend and looser finish to the final pieces. Texture evolves with the use of fluorescent and metallic aerosol colours. A new depth to the portraits emerge. Capturing music greats and portraits are a love of mine and a face comes alive through the magic of these musical geniuses. Bob Marley once said “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny”. Although musical, he was an inspirational artist. Love the man and his music. Art is music, Music is art. In my case, the two shall always meet. Warren J Fox – Artist Illustrator
An instant connection to the story of The Journey, led myself to contact an artist of the visual kind. Her movie in the making – The Journey, inspired me to connect and reach out to film maker Ali Avarez. The Journey is film about Monarch butterflies, and how they have appeared in times of tragedy. Every year, Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico by the thousands. They paint the skies with the colour orange, the sound of their wings fills the air and a perseverance for their destination is not something to take lightly. Ali aims to capture these stories and tell their phenomenal migration. Human and emotive, sometimes super-natural, this is a nature story that isn’t a “nature story”. For what these butterflies represent, for what people have gone through, for how beautiful the migration is – it deserves to be beautifully told.This illustration was created to help raise funds, via Kickstarter, for Ali to complete her film.