Q+A: Laurence Cheatham

Laurence “Sketch” Cheatham is a self-taught portrait artist who fuses contemporary art with classic by painting his daughter into beloved masterpieces.

How would you describe your style?

I would say my style is a cross between contemporary art and fine art. Throughout the years it has been very hard to define my style because it’s very diverse, and I create whatever I’m inspired by. 

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

Mostly portraits. There’s something about capturing a moment and telling a story through people and their expressions. 

What medium(s) do you work in?

I have an extensive background using various mediums. I’ve worked a lot with pencils, graphite, charcoal, markers, and ink pens. My current medium of choice is acrylic paint. My next interests are in both oil paints and spray paint. 

How has your process evolved?

My work has a lot more thought and detail involved now. I work a lot better with helping clients bring their vision to life. Unlike when I was younger, I also understand and value time a lot more. Because of that, it doesn’t take too much time to complete a piece. 

What got you started creating art?

My mother. She used to draw when she was younger too. When I was 3, she would sit me on her lap and hold my hand with a pencil in it. When I realized it was something I really enjoyed doing, she did everything she could to nurture it. 

What artists influence your work?

To be honest, I’ve never had an artist I’ve looked up to. My inspiration can come from a song ( which is usually the case ) or even just a random thought. Although, I’ve recently been inspired by many of the influential artists such as Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat and more. 
 

"When I was three, [my mother] would sit me on her lap and hold my hand with a pencil in it. When I realized it was something I really enjoyed doing, she did everything she could to nurture it. 

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