Colorful Neighborhood Series Drawings by West Philly Artist

After graduating from Kutztown University and moving back into West Philadelphia my work began to develop the loose squiggly lines that identify my illustration style today. Concerns in my work are change and fragility. I am passionate about capturing the fleeting moods of West Philadelphia’s community as it’s transformed by the influx of growing businesses, new residents, petty crimes, and trope characters. Observing the day-to-day pedestrian archetype is what inspired The Neighborhood Series. The thin lines that illustrate each person is my way of simplifying a complex ecological web. The drawings are colored in with sharpie paint markers that drip and splatter with the fusions of vibrant colors, a perfect display of city life.

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Art For Sale: Working Hard On My Dreams
Art For Sale: Working Hard On My Dreams

A unique image of young woman in red dress sleeping at her desk. This expressive painting is well balanced with white space. You can own the original artwork by clicking on the image to visit my shop.

Artist Painting Outside the Lines
Artist Painting Outside the Lines

Line drawing of a female artist at her easel. She is sketching the world in front of her. Tables are turned as the sketch resembles what the actual scene should look like. The building in her view is comprised of playfully splashes of color.

Painting: Asleep in Church: Caught Up in the Spirit
Painting: Asleep in Church: Caught Up in the Spirit

Illustration of a well-dressed boy asleep in church. A concerned older African American man behind him taps him on the shoulder to wake him up. There is a conservative use of bright color as the image is mostly white. The artist creatively depicts multi-ethnicities.

Daddy Do: Barber Shop Artwork
Daddy Do: Barber Shop Artwork Click Here For Prints

Line drawing of young boy getting razed by a focused barber committed to the craft. Drawing could be interpreted as a father and son moment between generations of black men.

Bicycle Another Life-Cycle
Bicycle Another Life-Cycle
Black and white line drawing of hipster biding time on his black bicycle with orange handlebars. He’s styling in a red and green chapeau and blue kicks.

The Coffee Shop Is A Place For The Exchange Of Ideas
The Coffee Shop Is A Place For The Exchange Of Ideas

Sitting in a cafe blowing bubbles in my latte. I can’t drink it yet because it’s too hotte. Working on my computer when my eyes begin to stray. And I spot a mirroring artwork that’s currently on display. Needless to say, it made my day.

Gift for The Dog Walker: Puppy Love
Gift for The Dog Walker: Puppy Love

Some of the greatest treasures are placed in museums. Others are taken for walks. What’s a home with out tasteful art and loving pets?

Illustration of Everyday Life Scenarios: Need To Sleep
Illustration of Everyday Life Scenarios: Need To Sleep

A colorful contemporary portrait of a nicely dressed gentleman in a bow tie falling asleep on a park bench. Be careful dozing off in public places.

Whimsical Alley Cat Art
Whimsical Alley Cat Art Click Here For Prints

A simple illustration of a lonesome stray cat prowling this blank white background; on a quest to find creativity, inspiration and meaning.

Vibrant Illustration Of An Old Lady Shopping
Vibrant Illustration Of An Old Lady Shopping

Meet me at the farmer’s market where my friends are close and my farmers are even closer. I’m hungry for inspiration & ready to indulge the diverse scenes. The possibilities are endless

Affordable Art: Fresh Produce Is Fast Food
Affordable Art: Fresh Produce Is Fast Food

This stylized portrait displays fresh produce; curated by your local shop owner. The colorful fruits are comprised of off beat paint splatters and drips.

Friends: The Art Of Connecting
Friends: The Art Of Connecting

Three young African American friends stand besides each other. Each in fashionable attire holding cameras, possibly photography students.

Finding Inspiration At The Local Market: Grocery Shopping
Finding Inspiration At The Local Market: Grocery Shopping

From the fresh produce to the hand made goods and local artists, the market has something for everyone. This intricate illustration is comprised of squiggly lines and strokes which give the surface texture. The colors range from a bight yellow to shades of baby blue and cranberry red.

Fine Art: Joggers Delight
Fine Art: Joggers Delight

An elderly couple walk tall and exuberant with huge smiles on their faces as they begin their morning exercise. Colors of red, turquoise, and magenta leap off this original modern art piece.

Doodle Of Kids In The Rainbow Tribe
Doodle Of Kids In The Rainbow Tribe

A diverse group of children gather in the frame of this drawing. A perfect piece to hang in your office, school, or youth center. This affordable artwork was created using sharpie paint markers and a thin micron pen on watercolor paper.

Father and Daughter Original Artwork
Father and Daughter Original Artwork

A father holding his toddler. Beautiful shades of yellow jump from the page giving art lovers a taste of happiness, joy, and sunshine.

Septa Trolley Art: Philly Public Transportation
Septa Trolley Art: Philly Public Transportation. Click Here For Prints

“We’re Getting There” was one of SEPTA’s earliest slogans, found on ads through out the trains. America the beautiful is in this artwork, as the primary colors are red, white, and blue.

The Museum of Momma Art: Affordable Gifts For Mother
The Museum of Momma Art: Affordable Gifts For Mother

Character drawing of a woman pushing a baby carriage down the street. This urban scene combines pointillism with loose graffiti aesthetics. Perfect wall decoration for a home or office.

Artworks: Colorful Neighborhood Series: West Philly Artist Statement

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Nile Livingston

Nile Livingston

My mission is to promote positive social change through art and dialog. I received my B.F.A. at Kutztown University where I focused on sculpture and large metal fabrications. You can reach me on instagram/twitter @nilelivingston and view artworks on nilelivingston.com