Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Rainy Day!


I usually have a small square sketch book in my bag at UWI and
I've been doing little sketches when I get the chance. This was one of
those sketches that I did after my class, while I waited for the rain to stop.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My memory


A sketch book drawing I did at lunch time of students and yes there is someone sleeping on the bench. At UWI there are these areas where the benches are shaded by huge trees and I was trying to compare this scene to the many times I visited Dartmouth College while I was at CCS. It's really not the same because it's just two different places but while I sketched that sense of feeling like I was at this other place made me remember and miss being there.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Contour Drawing


This is one of three contour drawings I did recently in drawing class. I was surprised
by the outcome of this line drawing, I haven't done this type of exercise in a while and I really
like the form of it and there's a nice expression going on by the mouth too.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hello!

Hello everybody! Things have been very quiet on my blog because I've just started my degree in Literatures in English at UWI and I'm very happy to be finally doing this, I've wanted to do this for sometime, maybe some years...I'm not really going to go into all the details of what brought me here but I would say it's really important to do the thing sometimes because the thing just needs to be done. My school schedule has been very hectic but in spite of the numerous readings, deadlines and assignments, I'm enjoying the whole process so far. I wrote my first essay for Prose Fiction class on Characterisation based on the book, Jane Eyre which made me think about the feminist writers I like. It's only been a couple weeks and I've noticed you have to have an opinion about something and you have to be brave about what you're trying to say in order to say it and for others to understand it. Doing my degree is going to make everything else in my life very interesting for sure.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In the army


Saw this image in an old magazine. Somehow in my interpretation of this person he
looks sad and stressed than the original image. I like when I can find that balance
 in drawing something that feels right instead of focusing on the act of doing.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Observations


These silhouettes feel like they've been engraved in my mind.
I see them every day at sunrise and at sunset.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

So Now What: Decisions


Above is a diary comic I did in 2012 where I was asking myself some questions then about my marks. About drawing and knowing when the mark would feel like mine and how I would know. Considering the month I wrote that (May 2012) and recently, having just completed an exploration in marks with my Marks & Strokes project (see my sketch book page in the same month (May 2016), it does feel eerie. The years have gone by quickly since leaving CCS and I remember questioning some of these things while I was there too. This of course spilled over upon my return home to Trinidad. I saw myself playing and exploring different styles and comics trying to figure out what felt right for me. The time I took to answer these questions: what type of stories I was interested in and what I wanted my marks to look like has been worth it.

The Marks & Strokes process and sketch book postings lead me to create some interesting techniques and stories. Some of which I would be taking further as I get working on some new stories for my comics. This process has helped me re-evaluate my existing projects I haven't updated for some time. I will be revising these projects deciding what I should continue with and what I should put aside until next year. You will be seeing some new work and revisions to existing projects including Undiscovered on my Tumblr. Starting this month, I won't be posting as many sketch book drawings as before, but occasionally when time permits. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to view my blog. I hope by sharing my process with you that it has inspired you to not give up but to keep working and creating.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An exchange



When I did this image, I decided to colour it grey just to see what I would get. The grey does add something to the scene, maybe it's late at night? What's this young girl doing there and who are these figures in the distance? I love when the creation of images just happen by chance through exploration, by not overthinking and just going with a feeling. I get excited to see what I can do next!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A good view


I like the simplicity of this compostion. The stillness of the figure lying down
and the movement of the feet in the background.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Feeder, the Taker


The Feeder (mother) and the Taker (child). The 'mother' figure almost looks like she's
floating and the 'child' figure keeps reaching. Being a mother myself there never seems to be
enough of me to share...my son is growing quickly and I'm needed constantly. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Talking to Sara


For some reason this drawing reminds me of linocut. Linocut always gave
these extra textures, lines that I liked. I did this one with brush and ink.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Protector


I would like to think that we all have a Protector, someone who's there for us.
They somehow are always in the right place at the right time. An angel, a good friend.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Marks & Strokes:the conclusions

Today I wanted to talk about the conclusions I formed from experimenting with different tools. Some months ago I began doing a few small things which lead me to this Marks & Strokes process and my sketch book was one of the main avenues that helped me figure out some things. Experimenting, trying new ways of approaching a subject has always been really important me. It has paid off numerous times by expanding my knowledge, forcing me to dig deeper and improving my skills.



A few examples from my Small Ideas sketch book project last year and the experimenting of one panel stories using different mediums.


During this project I removed all the critical voices in my head, making the journey of discovery more surprising and refreshing. What was I trying to accomplish? I wasn't sure, it just felt like something I needed to do. But I did notice my approach to my drawing and writing shifting and transforming. To realise some of the answers I was seeking were in me all the time gave me a sense of peace. I think this experiment made me go back to some things I knew before in order for me to move forward. This is a process I can see myself revisiting again as I don't believe my learning stops here. It has opened up my heart and my mind to possibilities in my storytelling. I'm excited to see where it will all take me.

A new approach: this image was created using a stick and brush.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Marks&Strokes:the marks VI


Some of these marks were created using a number of tools. Such as a toothbrush,
a flower, old brush, my fingers, sticks, metal, paper, cardboard....anything I could find.
Because I just wanted to enjoy the exploration and the discoveries, I didn't think about how it
would all turn out. The images below were done with my fingers and a Q-tip.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Marks & Strokes:the images V


When I look at these images I discovered that I've been exploring black in different ways.
With texture, shape, line, it's something I think I've been doing for a while. Something
I've glued myself to in the making and exploring. Everybody does it, it's like a little gift
in the creative journey. The name of it comes in the form of 'style' or an 'artist signature.'



 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Marks & Strokes IIII:the images




With this one I did it on cardboard. I've found that when I'm working with high contrast black and white images the background colour does set the atmosphere for the illustration. Similar to these single panels (see below) where I also experimented with the tone and mood for the story.

 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Marks&Strokes:the images III


One of the main things I learned during the process of  experimenting, is it allowed me to see my ideas from a different angle. It pushed me to think beyond what I would normally do, for example, doing my 'test' marks on circular paper which resulted in creating a connection between the images of four women dancing which later lead to my Movers sketch.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Marks & Strokes:the images II


These were random images I saw in magazines or the newspapers. I liked the texture
of the grey board and I wanted to try out some of the marks from my exploration using
some of the tools. I used an old brush to complete these and just played with texture.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Marks & Strokes:the images


To create these drawings I used a stick that I shaped to a point. This one was #4, then I filled in the hair with a brush. One of the things I learnt with this tool was how quickly the ink dries. So I had to make quick decisions about the mark which meant I laboured less over how I thought it would look and it became more of a spontaneous drawing. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Marks & Strokes: the things


As promised I'm sharing with you some of the things I used during this project of exploring marks and strokes. I've been exploring this for some time now–line, mark, texture, shape. You would have seen some of this exploration playing out in my sketch book postings. The pencil, brush and ink, paint, pen, markers...but late last year I posted a sketch book drawing (Together) on Facebook and my friend Wendell McShine gave me some advice to experiment with different tools other than a brush.

I got very excited about this because I felt like he understood what I was trying to do and it forced me to look deeper at my work. So my new tools became anything and everything I could use to make a mark. Eventually I settled on a few and the image above shows some of the tools I selected and the marks I created. I even numbered the sticks so I could record properly what I used and the results. It felt like a science project and I wanted to store everything in a container and a bottle which made this whole process refreshing.

I'll be posting some of the images I created from this process, some I've posted on my sketch book page. Also I'll explain what I used for each image I created and what I learned. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Glimpse


An experimentation using different tools. I'll post more about my
marks and strokes sketch book project soon and the drawings from the container.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fig trees


Storytelling, even when I don't plan it, it's in the back of my mind I'm creating a
composition of something. These images reminded me of a story, I want to know where
that figure in the background is going and does she know this boy who looks like
the main character of the story?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Things that grow


These sketch book drawings I did of leaves and plants I took a bit further today and added
some colour. It's dry season here and everything looks brown or black from too many fires.
I don't know...maybe I can't wait to see the outdoors looking lush again. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Friends


These were drawings I did separately but saw a 'conversation' between the three images.
This was an experiment in drawing with a different tool and I liked the way it looked.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Altered


This one is from a new sketch book I made. After I did this face
I realised that one of the eyes looked smaller than the other one.
It made her look strange but kinda beautiful.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spin


Did this one in my sketch book today. It reminded me of those days as a
teenager when there was nothing to do. Feeling like nobody would ever
understand anything, and spinning helped pass the time.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Self-conscious


Most of my work is centred around girlhood. I feel like it's what I'm
supposed to do. This image depicts a feeling that is an uncomfortable one I think for a lot
of girls growing up. Becoming aware of your body and the extra attention as you develop.

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Boy


I was playing around in my sketch book and this character evolved so I decided
to take it further and colour it. Don't have a name for him yet so he's just 'a boy' for now.