The heart of an artist

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/17/17

Art is born when Lamarre Beauvais puts pencil to paper.

He starts with one curved line and then another. Within a minute, the face of a character from the video game “Dragon Quest” has taken shape.

The sketch is a quick demonstration of a …

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The heart of an artist

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Art is born when Lamarre Beauvais puts pencil to paper.

He starts with one curved line and then another. Within a minute, the face of a character from the video game “Dragon Quest” has taken shape.

The sketch is a quick demonstration of a talent that first emerged when Beauvais was 4.

“I was bored, and I just started drawing. At first, it was mostly cartoons. Then I got into realism,” Beauvais, 27, said.

He first learned technique by watching “The Joy of Painting”’s Bob Ross.

While attending high school in his native Florida, Beauvais entered several art competitions and won a statewide award in a contest sponsored by U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. The winning drawing was of Frederick Douglass.

His portfolio now includes black and white portraits of family, friends and celebrities next to colored action scenes of sports figures such as Hulk Hogan and Manny Pacquiao.

Beauvais experiments with styles as well as subjects.

He has recreated a series of comic panels by Roy Lichtenstein and drawn a sculpture by Bernini.

One of his original creations is a Warholesque drawing of video game designer Masahiro Sakurai reaching through the page for five characters from “Super Smash Brothers” — Pikachu, Mega Man, Mario, Kirby and Link.

“I’m into video games, so I look at video game artists because they put a lot of work into what they do. I don’t think they get enough credit,” he said.

His inspirations run the gamut from Sakurai to martial artist Bruce Lee. Although Beauvais is hesitant to choose a favorite from his portfolio, he has strategically placed a pencil sketch of Lee on the set of “Enter the Dragon” at the beginning of the album.

“It’s not just his movies. It’s the way he thought that has been a big inspiration to me,” Beauvais said.

Beauvais also admires rapper Tupac Shakur, whose portrait follows Lee’s in the portfolio.

Ross, Lee, Sakurai and Shakur — each has fueled Beauvais’s art by being a master of his craft.

Beauvais relocated from Florida to Jasper seven years ago and graduated from Bevill State with an associate’s degree in drafting and design.

Although he is currently working outside that field, his long-term goal is to pursue a career in drafting.

His current schedule leaves little time for art, but he continues to pursue it sporadically by participating in the Walker County Arts Alliance’s Art in the Park and leaving his drawings posted in an album on his Facebook page.

Although art is a useful sideline career, Beauvais fears that it would lose some of its magic if he relied on it as his sole source of income.

“I’ve never wanted to do that. I feel like that would take the fun out of it,” he said.