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When you look at a Vincent Vernacatola piece you are often hit by an explosion of colors and sensual beauty. Vincent’s mastery of color to evoke mood, tension, and excitement is unparalleled in the art world.
His portraits have a silky smoothness juxtaposed against incendiary hues of pink, blues, violets, yellows and oranges.
Looking at his work is almost overwhelming like a box of technicolor fireworks going off right in your face. His artwork is constantly evolving and he is not someone who hesitates to try new things and experiment with new forms.
Vincent is a fearless artist who’s talent is matched only by the beauty of the subjects he expertly chooses to depict. Vincent is at the forefront of what is new, exciting, and unique in digital art today.
Urban-Muse.com: You studied at Paier, can you tell us about your time there?
Vincent Vernacatola: I met some amazing teachers at Paier. The lessons that they taught still ring in my head to this day. It was an extremely valuable experience, because I believe my biggest leap in growth was when I was attending. Sometimes I wish I was able to go back as I am now, and see what new techniques they could teach me.
Urban-Muse.com: Who are your favorite artists?
Vincent Vernacatola: Along to classics, I absolutely love Da Vinci, mostly for the sketches he did. Another one of my favorites is Alex Pardee. His use of color helped inspire my work years ago.
Urban-Muse.com: What is your artistic process like? What are your tools of the trade?
Vincent Vernacatola: I always enjoyed drawing with a mechanical pencil on standard computer paper. Going into a drawing, I don’t have a solid plan as to what colors I’m going to use, or how the overall drawing is going to look. I tend to draw in the moment and see where things take me. I try to keep a lot of the sketch lines visible in the final piece because growing up, I had always loved seeing sketches more than finished pieces. Keeping things messy, or incomplete, makes me feel comfortable.
Urban-Muse.com: What does art mean to you? How important is it to you in your daily life?
Vincent Vernacatola: Art has always been a way to keep me relaxed. I find myself looking at the clock after a drawing session and realizing hours have past by without me even noticing. I try to set aside a chunk of time every day to draw, even if it’s just to sketch and get my hand moving. Art has always helped me continue to challenge myself. It always keeps me moving forward.
Urban-Muse.com: What is your favorite piece?
Vincent Vernacatola: One of my favorite pieces is “Creation”. When I first started working after college, I created a series of drawings that I based off the planets in our solar system. After each portrait was finished, I looked back at the pencil work and realized there was something special with the original pencil drawings. I took all of my drawings and placed them all into the same piece and created something I’m still in love with to this day.
Urban-Muse.com: One of your pieces a girl with short hair holding her forehead is one of our favorites, it was fun to post because your friend who you used as a reference commented on that picture saying, “HEY IT’S ME” or something like that. Which is funny because the most common comment on Urban-Muse is “This looks like me” or “this looks like my friend” etc. But this was one of the few occaisons where it actually was. Sometimes that happens even with celebrities, Kpop stars etc and it’s always interesting. Can you tell us more about that piece?
Vincent Vernacatola: That piece was actually the first one I completed after coming out of an artist block. I had found myself with little inspiration, and my daily sketches weren’t going as I had liked. I needed to make something I felt proud to share. Luckily, my friend, Tricia Currie, who is also an amazing artist who went to Paier, was happy enough to share her face. It was also the first time I approached a drawing in a different way. I used colors that I normally didn’t, and I ended up loving the result.
Urban-Muse.com: How do you deal with “haters”?
Vincent Vernacatola: I try to ignore them, even though it’s easier said than done. There are a few people that dislike it when my pieces go in a different direction than my other drawings, but at the end of the day, I realize I’m drawing for myself. I don’t really mind when someone doesn’t enjoy certain colors or how I handled it, which is a valid opinion, but I try to say to myself, “Did I enjoy myself creating this? If yes, then I accomplished what I set out to do with this piece.
Urban-Muse.com: A major focus of this issue is going to be how to deal with negativity, what advice would you have for our readers with dealing with negativity?
Vincent Vernacatola: Always remember it isn’t always about trying to please others. It’s about enjoying your time creating, and being happy with what you produce in the end. There will always be people out there that dislike your work, and you can’t please everyone. If you focus too heavily on negative criticism, it can distract you and affect your work. Just make sure you’re happy and satisfied with yourself.
Urban-Muse.com: What are your plans for the future.
Vincent Vernacatola: For the time being, I’m enjoying taking commissions and making people smile with my work. I can only hope that the course I’m on continues for a while because I’m enjoying the ride I’m on now.
Urban-Muse.com: Thankyou so much for taking the time to talk to Urban-Muse and it’s readers!
Vincent Vernacatola: It’s an absolute pleasure and honor to be a part of this project! To be included in a magazine filled with so many stunning and amazing artists has me stunned to this day. Thank you so much for making me a part of this!
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