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


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


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.