Drawings and Paintings - Joseph D. Peters
This webpage features some of the drawings and paintings that I have completed throughout the years.  I took my very first art classes
as a junior and senior at
La Salle High School.  Then, I went on to take two more art classes in the summer at Pasadena City College.  
Finally, I spent two years studying art history, drawing, painting, silk screening, sculpture, and photography in the
USC Fine Arts
Program.  After I graduated with a B.A in Communication, I went on to take classes in screenwriting as well as directing.  My education
and skills in art, music, writing, theater, and film have influenced my visual and narrative style.  All that I have seen and experienced in
my life has lead me towards my greatest passion ... filmmaking.  
Drawing 1 - 1978 (Pasadena City College - Summer Fine Arts Class)  
Assignment was to incorporate several memories of our life in the
drawing.  Colored pencils and black ink were used in this piece.
Drawing 2 - 1979 (USC Fine Arts Program)  Assignment was to
present a story of love and reflections in the drawing.  Pencil, black
ink, and silk screening were used in this piece.
Yellowhammer Bird - 1979 - (USC Fine Arts Program)  
Assignment was to select a subject and to represent as
realistically as we could.  Watercolor was used in this piece.
Drawing 3 - 1979 - (USC Fine Arts Program)  Assignment was to select a
topic (fame and fortune and the shattering of that dream) and to provide
multiple images to tell that story.  Watercolor, black pen, and colored pencils
were used in this piece.
Design 1 - 1980 (USC Fine Arts Program)  Assignment was to select
a visual style.  I wanted to utilize various geometric shapes and sizes
as well as repeat several images in that drawing.  Colored pencils as
well as magazine clippings were used in the piece.
Design 2 - 1980 (USC Fine Arts Program)  Assignment was to
continue the selected visual style of various geometric shapes,
sizes and repeated images.  Colored pencils as well as magazine
clippings were used in this piece.  
This photo was taken by our art professor.  She asked that we
use the photo and represent it in the style that each of us had
chosen for that semester.  My classmate and I were ill that
day, and my class chose to represent us by drawing our
names on a cardboard sheet.  
Design 3 - 1980 (USC Fine Arts Program)  Assignment was to use the
class photo (on the left) and continue the selected visual style of various
geometric shapes, sizes and repeated images.  Colored pencils were used
in this piece.  
My professor in my photography class encouraged me to
push the envelope and see how far I could go.  I began to
experiment and combine several exposed images from
photographs that I had taken.
Design 4 - 1981 (USC Fine Arts Program)  Assignment was to take another
art form (photo on the left) and to represent that image in a visual style of
various geometric shapes, sizes and repeated images.  Colored pencils,
graphic lettering, and magazine clippings were used in this piece.  
Irene - 1981 - After taking classes in oil painting at Pasadena City College and USC, I began to paint several portraits of
women.  The feature film musical,
"Fame" (1980) was one of my favorites and I enjoyed the title song, "Fame" and "Out
Here On My Own" which were performed by Irene Cara.
Sylvia - 1983 - This oil painting was a part of the continuing series of portraits of women.  This woman is thinking about
her lover who refuses to give up his first love ... bullfighting.
"Stephanie" - 1984 - I love the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks.  This painting was done around the time of
her latest solo album,
"Wild Heart" as well as band's current album, "Mirage".  My favorite song and music video
from that album was
"Gypsy".
"Susanna" - 1989 - My final oil painting in the series.  I love the music of the Bangles as well as one its band members,
Susanna Hoffs.  One of my favorite songs and music videos from the Everything album was "In My Room".  My
favorite solo song and music video of Susanna is
"All I Want".