Aug 2002 - Jan 2008
A Christmas card I did for fun. Originally done with only colored pencils.
A portrait of a friends dog done with prismacolor markers. Her name is 'Lucy' (the dog.
A piece done in watercolor dedicated to my mother and all strong women of the world.
A piece dealing with the lost of innocence of youth. Also having to do with racial relations and strains due to economics and social classification.
A piece dealing with the mechanics of prostitution and the role and characterization of the pimp and prostitute.
A piece done solely in photoshop for a client who went in another direction as far as imagery.
A prototype piece, done solely in Photoshop for a digital company.
A piece done entirely in pencil based off of a comic character that I'm in the works of creating.
I hope to advance my style of art with some more marketable venues and clients. Eventually I wish to gain some recognition as a freelance artist and follow my path as the commissions and my inspiration dictates. I also want to get my Masters in Art Education with homes of some day doing some teaching as well on various levels.
My name is Paul Manning and I am an alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art circa 2007. I have received my bachelors in Liberal Fine Arts as well. Currently I am working as a freelance artist and am considering pursuing my masters. I am a Baltimore native who has done work locally in the community via murals and pro bono classes taught via local non-profits. I grew up in West Baltimore near the Liberty Heights Area. I also attended the Baltimore School for the Arts in 1998 for a year before attending school in Laurel, Maryland and then finally graduating from high school in Chapel Hill, NC. I came back to Baltimore for college in 2002 and here we are today...
I gravitated towards the field of art because of my love of comic books and animation. I have a style which has been paralleled to comic art as well. I love modern realistic painters and many of the famous illustrators such as Dean Cornwell, Norman Rockwell, and Robert Crumb to name a few.
Also I have been considering entering the realm of children's books...I love the art and I have always been a fan of those types of stories.