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Tyler Bates
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm currently a 24 year old artist/songwriter living outside of Nashville, TN. I work a dead end job at a cajun/jazz restaurant until I can get the money to finish art school.

I'm completely self taught in all things art. Drawing started as therapy for me through the use of moleskin journals. Because of this, poetry/writing and art has always had a deep connection with each other. This is obvious in my pen and ink work.

I tend to classify myself as a psychedelic graffiti artist, but I also like to throw buzz words like "surrealist" and "abstract expressionist" in the mix to make myself sound fancier. Most of my work is a combination of surrealist techniques (automatic writing/drawing, decalcomania, bulletism etc.) and geometry with phrases or full poetry thrown in.

My pen and ink series which used to be called "Surreal Graffiti" centers around the feelings of sensory overload in a modern society as well as the idea of being a mere mask in a sea of faces. I love to draw people, even If I'm still learning anatomy. I see faces everywhere and feel a deep connection with humanity as a whole even though at times I feel as disconnected as the Moon is to the Earth.

As for my painting, I'm still learning what I can, but I really love color theory and hope to expand my knowledge of painting techniques once I return to school. It's becoming more prevalent even though I mainly focus on pen and ink. I spend my free time sketching and studying subjects such as philosophy, human anatomy and geometry to further my skills in art since I'm not currently enrolled in school. I find self education is the most important you can invest in.

I also have a dark and psychotic past which led me to making art in the first place. This coupled with my own mental illness (bipolar type II, OCD, ADHD) has had a significant influence on my art style as well as what I portray in my pieces.

My favorite artists are: Ralph Steadman, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Masson, M. C. Escher, Joan Miro, Man Ray and Picasso.

Here are a few techniques I use:

Surreal automatism (both drawing and writing)
Entopic graphomania
Exquisite corpse
Movement of liquid down a vertical surface
Paranoiac-critical method
Sleep deprivation

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MidnightPersona Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TYLER! *HUGS!* Sup? ~Raven
cqmorrell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for watching.
ravart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for all the attention, I really do appreciate it. Hope you are well, and have a great day!
BuuckPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Happy Birthday!
TheUnoriginal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just in case I forget to say so later, Happy Birthday! :D
JeremyTroughton Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
great work
mitsuchieru Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
you are my new hero! awesome work!
TB8S Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my haha! I'm glad I am held in such high regard to you, much love and thanks for your kind words and favorites.
variouslyvaried Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for the watch, sorry for the late reply, amazing gallery, and.... that is the most epic webcam ever :matteo:
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