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.
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
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.
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''.
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 I 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.