To Be a Wonder Woman


Marulanda’s “Bewitch” exemplifies style & personality.

During classes taken at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League, Marulanda learned to paint rather distinct portraits. From the lessons, she’s learned to look at a subject in a different way to create the most impactful portraits, with techniques such as dealing with different lighting, adding texture and learning how the smoothness of one’s skin will translate with color. It’s a different beast to conquer than her childhood art.

“Drawing is all  about lines while painting is creating artwork by applying color,” she said.

But there are aspects of her work that feature line art. All of the women in Marulanda’s paintings feature a unique hair style. While the faces in the paintings can be soft or flat, the hair always stands out due to the tight lines and bold colors used. She explained that at first she did not know how to paint realistic hair. The idea was actually inspired by a magazine illustration piece.

“I started by playing with little lines,” Marulanda said. “Then I started filling them out and I ended up liking it so I wanted to continue developing it. Their hair and makeup are meant to inspire, seduce and captivate us. It’s definitely a way to showcase our individual styles.”

Although she doesn’t havBLUEBERRYe a favorite piece, adding, “it’s like trying not to pick the favorite child,” Marulanda is thrilled with the progress of an art piece entitled “Bewitch” that she once painted for an ex-boyfriend.  She recreated an originally darker and much gloomier image into a glamorous painting that grabs hold of your attention immediately.

Other popular paintings include the striking “Blueberry” piece showing an overwhelming amount of wild blue hair, as well as “Passion,” which involves some typography within the subject’s hair.
In the future, Marulanda hopes that her art will include more typography, a form of art that she has mastered over the past few years. With future projects, she hopes to use typography for positive outlooks for people.

“For myself, if I’m going to have a piece of art, I want something that will make me feel good,”she said.

If you are interested in learning more information, visit her Facebook page.

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  1. […] Marulanda, the Briarwood artist who paints boldly-colored portraits that empower women, is now behind the newest workshop at Variety Boys and Girls Club of […]

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