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 wouldknow. 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 Undiscoveredon 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.
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!
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.