My Borderline Boyfriend by Andres D. Bravo


Artwork made by Andres D. Bravo, intended as the "cover art" for something a bit out of my comfort zone.

“My Borderline Boyfriend" is a song written about loving someone with borderline personality disorder. When it comes to BPD, I noticed a lack of empathetic depictions of people with this disorder. I'm not practiced when it comes to music, but I needed to have this song exist outside of my head.

Luckily I knew a musician I could trust to perform the song with dignity and empathy. Thank you so much, Shamika, for letting me commission you and for bringing my vision to life. It is an incredible gift to feel seen, I am so grateful for your art.

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Song & Video Performance (Google Drive Link)
Poetry by Andres D. Bravo
Performed by Shamika L. Moore

Lyrics:
My borderline boyfriend
Knows you’ll abandon him one day
God made him absolutely unlovable
Or so his mother used to say

On a roller coaster of emotion
For no reason or so it seems
He either hates you or he loves you
There is no in between

He never asked to be unstable
Reckless, anxious or depressed
Making choices far too risky
Or maybe just adventurous

He would if he were able to
Be all that he could be
He needs prescriptions and a therapist
To mend his self esteem

If you remind him that you love him,
He’s not a burden or a bore,
You will earn yourself a loyalty
You’ve never had before

You have no right to judge him
If you don’t understand his world
It’s a disability, not a frivolity
Believing love is undeserved

I’ll repeat it as much as needed
“Nothing can take your worth away,”
He won’t believe it, but he’ll hear it
I have faith he will someday 🖤




Disneyworld Trio by Andres D. Bravo

"Disneyworld Trio" by Andres D. Bravo, 9"x12" watercolor painting inspired by two of my closest friends.


Backstory:


Ashley and Chris. Both have been with me from the start. We met in high school, back when I was just some weird kid who liked to spike his hair and draw a lot (a LOT) of naked people in his sketchbook.

Ashley was the first best friend I ever made. We had the best sleepovers-- staying up all night, drawing comics, and laughing at our jokes until the early morning. Ashley was the light that helped me through the most miserable times of my life. Chris and I rarely hung out in high school, but you'd never guess. We quickly became close friends over the phone. We were states away, but it was like we knew each other since forever. He became my role model for how to be a best friend and how to be a loving boyfriend.

Chris and Ashley helped me launch and sustain my first art business. They were two of the first people I came out to about my gender. Both Ashley and Chris immediately accepted me as I truly am. They loved me for me. For all of that and more, I am incredibly grateful to be their friend.

The painting: I asked myself, "If I could go back in time and give the high school squad a dream vacation...?" It had to be Disneyworld. With Ashley's input, we designed a birthday painting for Chris. While I can't go back in time and spoil our teenage selves, one day I can give us the first-class, VIP, Disneyworld vacation the three of us deserve.

Transgender Day of Visibility by A.D. Bravo

I'm Andres D. Bravo. I'm a queer Latino transman creating intersectional comic books and watercolor paintings. I volunteer as a public speaker and I mail illustrated letters to queer and transgender people impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex.

Only you can tell the world who you truly are.

Happy Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2019. -Andres



The figure in the painting above was inspired by this page in my 2017 sketchbook:


The Mitote by Andres D. Bravo


The Mitote (mee-toh-tay) is a concept from ancient Toltec mythology, it is the voice of self doubt and the ceaseless chattering of the inner critic. I was commissioned by Creatively Queer Press to create art for their Latinx+ story anthology CUENTOS. I chose the Mitote because I was battling my own Mitote during the making of this book. Since creating this piece and the accompanying short story, I have been promoted to Chief Editor of the publishing company. Creatively Queer Press has already paid the artists who contributed to CUENTOS upfront. We as a small press run Kickstarter campaigns to fund printing, including ISBN and UPC barcodes to make the books ready to be sold in stores.

Here is the Kickstarter for the bilingual Latinx+ mythology collection, CUENTOS:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cqpress/cuentos

-Andres D. Bravo

Comic: Eye of the Beholder, written by Luis Silva, drawn by A.D. Bravo

Eye of the Beholder is a 12 page sci-fi thriller written by Luis Silva and illustrated by Andres D. Bravo. Published under The Night Terrors series in 2019, Eye of the Beholder is a chilling love letter to The Twilight Zone and the visionary Jordan Peele.
















Faustian Waltz - Album Art Commission by A.D. Bravo

Commissioned by Arizona rock band Painting Fences. This piece was painted in Adobe Photoshop and features the main antagonist of the Painting Fences' fantasy universe. Art © Andres Bravo 2018


Prison Letters by A.D. Bravo

I'm Andres D. Bravo. I'm a queer Latino transman creating intersectional comic books and watercolor paintings. I volunteer as a public speaker and I mail illustrated letters to queer and transgender people impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex.

I started writing letters to queer prisoners in 2017. Letters provide a ray of hope. Being in jail or prison is traumatizing and dangerous enough as it is. For LGBTQ people who are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates this often means daily humiliation, abuse, and fear of creating worse conditions by speaking out. Many LGBTQ prisoners are held in solitary confinement for months or years, a practice medical experts equate to torture, simply because of who they are.

When someone hears their name during mail call it reminds them that people on the outside still care. It sends a clear message to prison guards and other prisoners: "This person has support, they are not forgotten." This is a vital harm reduction strategy, especially for queer and transgender folks.

The aim of my art career is to create as much colorful, diverse, and affirmative art for people who feel underrepresented by mainstream entertainment. Whether free or behind bars, one painting can be the difference between despair and hope.

-Andres




The Boy I Always Was by A.D. Bravo


"The Boy I Always Was" by Andres D Bravo © 2017



Iceland With You by A.D. Bravo

"Iceland With You"
Digital Painting by Andres D. Bravo


Broken Hearts Theory - Pet Memorial Comic Commission by A.D. Bravo


Comic animation script by my client. Art and animation by Andres D. Bravo.

His Natural Truth by A.D.Bravo

Watercolor on 7" x 10". This painting sits on my shelf. It is a reminder to be true to what I love: my authentic soul, nature in all its variety, and the art (tattoos) which can elevate our experience on this beautiful planet. Art  © Andres D. Bravo


Mortal Reminder by A.D. Bravo

Digital Painting. The skull in a broken light bulb is my personal symbol. It is a reminder of my mortality and how every day is another opportunity for new ideas, experiences, and manifestation. Death, if we allow it, is the ultimate motivator to live life as our brilliant selves. We were all born with a death sentence. I promised myself to die with complete satisfaction and peace. Death is my friend, my mentor, my encouragement. Art  © Andres D. Bravo

Hecate Incarnate by A.D. Bravo

Watercolor on 9" x 12" paper. This painting was a birthday present to my best friend (she/her). The color scheme was inspired by her gothic fashion. The moon goddess Hecate is symbolic of her strength. The bats are stand ins for her two children. The cats were inspired by her own rescued cats. 
Hecate is drawn shedding a single tear, the eye itself is concealed. Despite the unspeakable hardships she has endured, she was courageous enough to survive them all. No one in the world has the power to stop this woman-- she is fiercely and undeniably divine.  Art © Andres D. Bravo


In Fernandina With You by A.D. Bravo

Andres D Bravo is a queer, Latino, transman and watercolor artist creating comics and paintings on behalf of universal love.

Watercolor painting originally for my ex partner. However, I still enjoy the inspiration, Fernandina Beach, and the painting itself is one of my personal favorites.
- Andres D. Bravo © 2018

Gesture Drawings by A.D. Bravo

Gesture drawings by Andres Bravo. I have been a huge fan of quickposes.com for years. I've been using the site for daily gesture drawings since I was a college freshman. In the realm of figure drawing, there is always room for improvement, no matter if we are novice or master. True mastery is a lifetime commitment to learning.