I love autumn. It is my favorite season. Warm afternoons, cool mornings, and the perfect nights that require blankets with an open window are plentiful during this time of year.
Autumn is also a fairly busy time of year. Many of us are returning from summer vacations are are back to the daily grind. There are many art shows as well that pop up as the year comes to an end.
I had the pleasant opportunity to participate in an art exhibition early in September of 2019. The show took place at an historic estate that once belonged to JEH Macdonald of the Group of Seven. The event was in Thornhill, but was sponsored of The City of Vaughn.
Myself and 20 other artists exhibited our artwork during the weekend.
The show brought in approximately 100 people, and there were a few sales.
The highlight of the event was the opening reception. I was able to meet fellow artists who shared similar passions.
I’m very happy to have been invited to the show, and look forward to more autumn exhibitions like this one.
I have been trying my hand at using humor in my illustration work. I like to think that I can be quite funny, but telling jokes is not one of my strengths. I often mix up the details of a joke by telling the punchline too soon, or by laughing at the joke before I have finished telling it. I am better at giving witty remarks and comebacks than telling structured jokes. I always marvel at standup comedians who are able to recall hours of jokes and retell them in what seems like an effortless fashion.
My latest illustration work is a funny and misleading drawing of a llama with a horn. The wording beneath is acerbic, and doesn’t match with the fun and bright picture it is paired with. I think it works well for that specific reason.
I think that this would make a great book cover. I would love to write somthing funny that would fit with this title. Perhaps I should begin working on my joke telling abilities.
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One of the things I like the most about illustration is that it allows me to express ideas in a diverse way. I have more freedom to explore ideas that normally would have been difficult to attempt with paint and canvas. Furthermore, with illustration I can use technology to copy and paste multiple sketches, change their size, and manipulate the scenery much easier than before.
The above illustration is an example where I have used technology to manipulate a previous sketch of myself into a 3 panel repeat illustration. I have copied and repasted the image into 3 panels. I added an abstract motif inspired by green cactus to make the image more decorative. I like the way it turned out, and it has a fun “summer” vibe to it.
This illustration has the same idea as the previous one, except the decorative bamboo leaves are in the background of the illustration. Using technology, I merged the repeated subject at the shoulders to create continuity along the bottom edge. Thinking back, I would have been more creative if I had the subject covering his ears and mouth in the repeated images to make a “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” reference. It is an amazing feeling to play around with different ideas and to see the end result. I am looking forward to working on more comic type illustrations that include words and meaningful quotes.
I tell people that my artistic practice started in 2012 with sewing, but I suspect it started long before that. I have always made things.
I remember making potions out of my parents toiletries, and handing in books I made for school projects.
I think my early years lacked focus. I needed outlets but had no connection to anything tangible.
My illustration work evolved from a desire to deepen my ability to communicate through visual arts. Painting on canvas is amazing, but expensive. I started teaching myself how to draw basic lines and shapes, and eventually discovered the wonderful world of digital drawing with a stylus on my Samsung Note. I suppose everything after that discovery is history.
My latest illustration is one that I simply adore. It is an illustration of the artist (me) with shading and highlights. The line work is black and thin. Two African fairy creatures float above my head to sprinkle ideas and inspiration into the surrounding air. The sprinkles appear as stars in my orbit.
The colour scheme was painfully decided so that they would blend well and create an attractive image holistically. Tans and pale yellow against a deep background that appears bluish green. Lovely.
I have been writing for years. I first experienced the spark when I was in high school. I would spend hours reading fiction and devouring stories that I enjoyed. I would scour new and old books to find the perfect combination of characters and plots until it became increasingly difficult to find exactly what I was looking for.
After reading fiction, romance, thrillers, erotica and crime, I found that it was difficult to pin down stories that captivated my interest in the ways I preferred. I decided that one way to approach this ennui would be to write some of my own stories. By writing my own fiction I could control the plot and characters.
The task of writing my own fiction is monumental. Finding time to write, edit, and finish work is always a challenge. In addition to that, the spark of inspiration can be fleeting. I have had experiences where I wrote an entire short story consisting of 4,000 words in half of one day, because the spark of my inspiration for the story grabbed a hold of me and would not let me go. It was as though I was completely incensed to get the words and feelings off of my mind. This all consuming spark is rare of course, but I can testify that it is all too real.
My latest illustration work is the cover of an ebook that I have been working on. The book is under a pen name, so for the context of this blog post, let’s just say that I edited the book.
The title of the book is called:
It is an anthology of short stories that center around BWWM (Black Women and White Men) fantasies. The work is entirely fictionalized, and based in pure erotica.
I illustrated the book cover as a way to provide insight to the reader and visually explain what the book is about. I chose a sexy illustration of the back curves of a black woman to further emphasize the erotic nature of the book’s contents. If you are a fan of this genre and type of literature, I highly recommend this for great bedtime reading.
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