Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Escape


I've always liked collage, and I've been a collector of scraps of paper.
For this collage, I combined various types of paper, and I used paint and pencil
to add some colour and texture. If you've been following my blog for some time, you
would notice most of my work focuses on young adult themes. This scene is about
two preteen girls going someplace and perhaps staying out for a long time...

Monday, October 9, 2017

A tiny painting


This little moment was captured on campus. I did the painting from
a picture I took one morning and I just love that I was able to get that guy
riding his bike, it does add something special to the composition.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Women in Colour


This sketch book posting is a mixture of various tools, I love filling up my sketch book
with different things. I write down almost everything that I'm wrestling with in my creative life
and sometimes personal life in my sketch book. I think of this page as representative of me:
different pieces of me showing up in my comics, my illustrations and my sketch book. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Red balls


These are some swatches of paint where I experimented with colour.
I used red and grey which resulted in a little red monster at the end!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Readings!


A small painting I did of an area on campus at UWI.

So it's my second year! The semester has started off quickly with assignments and readings. They say it's called "reading for your degree" which means I read constantly. I love reading that's why I'm doing Literature. The semester is going to fly by quickly as usual and exams will appear before Christmas. I'm enjoying all my courses, each one teaching me something new and exciting about literature in the Caribbean and abroad. My postings are going to be weekly instead of daily for now but I will try to post more things whenever it's possible.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Drawing Day


It was raining this afternoon and I thought about this
little story then I took it a bit further and added some colour.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Drawings: from the past

I wanted to share with you a few drawings I did while I was a student at John Donaldson Institute here in Trinidad. This course was intense and heavy with projects and assignments and I drew A LOT! I was going through some old drawings this week and came across these...oh the memories!



Just one of the many studies I did of the skeleton which took patience and practice.




An observational drawing: this one is from an assignment I did of my mother sleeping.





I also did drawings of my own between assignments and this one I did on
a 18"x24" sheet of paper. I may have copied the figure from a magazine or something
but I remember loving the pose and the angle of the body. The character does look like
I was drawing it for a comic book story and I was thinking perhaps comics has
been with me longer than I thought.





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Short Comic: Mood


A short comic about a feeling I remember as a teenager
and parents never understood what it was all about. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Safiya - A Short Story

page 1


This is a short story I'll be updating on my blog as I continue
to work on this comic. It's going to be 16 pages in length.
I'll be updating this post with new pages.


page 2


page 3


page 4


page 5








Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Leaning


With this type of pose where I can't see the other side of the model's frame,
it's really easy to get fussy about what I need to focus on, so I usually
take a walk around the model. This has always helped me
to draw what I'm seeing better.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Drawing - Arm & Leg



Another drawing where I focused on the body parts.
I learn so much from looking at these sections of the body. 
This drawing was completed using charcoal.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

An Outing


I'm liking these colours for this scene: It's a day out with her mum and
the only thing she wants to get is that stick on the ground!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Busy Morning

I like to memorize places I have seen often and this sketch
was done from memory. It's a very busy junction in Trinidad (San Juan)
and it's usually filled with noises from the traffic as people go to work and school.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Safiya - WIP


This is a panel from the short story Safiya, (you might recognize this panel from one
of my sketch book stories). For this short story, I started the inking process and I felt like
playing with some colour. Didn't plan it this way but I'm liking it so far, looking
forward to seeing how it all comes together. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A made up place


This is not an actual place but something I made up based on my memory
of seeing houses in Trinidad and I had some fun with this composition.

Friday, July 28, 2017

I'm a fighter!


Playing around with a character in my sketch book, I felt connected to this girl,
maybe because I've been told I can't do something many times and I usually fight
through the negativity to get to my goal. So yes, I'm a fighter, I don't give up!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wait!


I liked this little sketch for the energy of the lines and the boy
walking makes me feel like I'm walking with him too!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Memory Drawing - Going Home


On my way to pick up my son from school, I see students on their way home.
They are usually in a little group or walking in pairs. I was able to capture this
moment based on my memory. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Moving, Changing


I got to play with these three poses as I combined them to create movement. I liked
the overlapping of the lines, almost like creating action for animation, it's something I would
like to explore more. Although I've been drawing for some time I'm always amazed by
what I can do when I push myself to do something new, it pays off every time!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Drawing - fixing lines


One of the main things I like about charcoal is the easy way it can be
wiped away while drawing the figure. The angle of the hand and where the head
was located in this drawing were key things I needed to get right or it would
have looked very strange. Even though I drew the hand a couple times, the faded
 lines that remained added some movement to the pose.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Safiya - a panel


I'm trying to keep this story short but there are some panels
I really like and want to include, this is one of them. I like the composition here
and the more I work out this story I think I'll know if I really need it for this comic.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kelly


Perhaps by now you know I love drawing certain things and one
of them are female characters. I like this character for the feeling I get
when I look at her; a waiting gaze, looking for answers.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A bus stop

A bus stop on campus at UWI, I did this one around mid-morning
so the contrast of light and dark was really good that I liked.

Safiya


This short story, I've decided to name Safiya is coming along and this is a
character that is going to be part of the story. Everything I've been exploring and
working on for the past two years or so in my sketch book has brought me to this project.
I'm taking things a bit slower...one project at a time as I develop some new work. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

A short story


For the past few weeks I've been building a little story that came
out of my sketch book postings. These are some panels I'm working out
and character studies. I haven't determined the length yet but I know
it is going to be a short story.


Little Feet


My son's little feet. I was able to capture these because he was colouring but that
only lasted a short time before he was doing something else. He will often ask me to
draw him when he sees me drawing in my sketch book but he never stays quiet for 
these sessions because he's always anxious to see the final result before I could finish:)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Morning Sunlight


After I did my charcoal drawing of one of the trees on campus, I felt like I wanted to do some more drawing. I sketched this one while sitting on the bench and trying to avoid the stares I was getting as people passed by. Drawing in public made me feel uncomfortable sometimes especially if people made comments as they passed by and so far they have all been positive comments which has been encouraging. I didn't have my paint with me that day so I added colour to this sketch in my studio.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Conversation

While having breakfast one morning on campus I saw this composition and I started to draw
before heading to class. I'm not sure if they were a couple or just friends but a lot was revealed
in the body language and the conversation was probably tense or emotional. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Drawing Body Parts


Sometimes I get really nervous about the work I post here even though I've been posting work for some years now. I think it's when I step out of my comfort zone a bit and then I make the decision to share those uncomfortable moments which then make me feel at ease with what I'm hoping to achieve. These particular drawings were done as an observation of body parts for a final collage I had to complete for my drawing class. Charcoal is one of those things I didn't really play around with until my drawing studio sessions where I used it every week. I became really comfortable using it and I was able to create some pieces that I liked and this one was one of them. The size of this drawing was 18' x 24''.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fences



I drew this one while sitting in my studio at my window. It's the fence of the house
next to me and then across the street from me. It looked like a good composition and I
focused my attention on the areas that I felt were interesting. This was done with charcoal.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Surprises


When I challenge myself to draw a different way or experiment with new tools (as in my Marks and Strokes project) I'm always surprised by the results. Gesture drawings are the best way I think to draw as free as possible and without restrictions. I force my mind to forget about what I think I should be doing and absorb myself in the process. Even though I've viewed these drawings I'm posting here a couple times they always look different to me after I post them and while I'm exploring things like line, tools etc. these things have been spilling over into my process as I develop my comics. This means that my work might look different to what I'm used to and it's one of the surprises I've embraced.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Designing a pants



I did a contour drawing of my favorite pair of jeans and I filled it in with this pattern. I didn't do
any preliminary sketches for the design, I just went with the flow. When I started to draw 
I didn't stop till it was filled up. There is a certain rhythm that I get into when I'm
working on something and enjoying it and when I find the right flow I'm very productive.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Relaxed Posture



Every time I look at these drawings, I'm reminded of how much I enjoy
drawing the human form. I loved these a lot! It's also so good to take some time
to draw models in a studio whenever it's possible, I learn more and I can
apply what I've learnt to the development of my characters for my comics.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Quick Gesture


When I draw in gesture it helps to exercise and strengthen
my hand and eye skills especially if I'm drawing under a minute!