How You Gon’ Act
Graphite, Charcoal, and Acrylic on Toned paper
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I believe this is it for 2013. Hopefully in the new year I get comfortable with oils, push acrylics a little more and maybe dive into gouache. I’m looking to do some selling soon. Get rid of a few originals piling up. A nice home would do then some good. Plus what’s the point of creating them of they’re just to sit around in a closet?
It’s been a decent year with you all. I thank you and hope things get better from here.
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Your voice coming through the line, you’re not exactly by my side
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It has been a fairly good year, in regards to my art at least. I mean I’ve tried a few things, corrected a few things and just drew til I was tired. The good thing is the notice and respect of a few peers. I have been revering the work of a few that say they like my stuff and it really capped this year for me.
It means quite a bit to have people be receptive to my depictions of black men and women. At one time, I didn’t think anyone would. Finding a few blogs and discovering current black contemporary artist really instill some confidence in my direction and sticking to it. I really hope you all enjoyed what I have been showing and can’t wait for next year. Here’s to hoping I’m making something big of all of this. Thank you all and happy holidays.
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They Don’t Make Em Like Me
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He said “Man, they don’t make them like you anymore.” She replied “They never made em like me.” Confidence in knowing you’ve got it like that.
A little inner dialogue that accompanied work on this one.
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When You Get A Chance
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What started out as practice in value became this thing. It’s from a found image, but it reminds me a lot of family. A member from the other side I don’t see very much anymore (actually never see anymore). With the holidays upon us, I remember the quiet wars that raged during them. The ignoring, complaining, fallouts, bailouts, make ups, and so forth. This picture literally reads, I don’t really care to listen anymore. But from where I am standing, i’m trying to get her to do me a favor, much like what the title implies. I guess, i’m essentially referencing to a trivial point during the best of times.
Happy holidays, and sorry for the life story.
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Adorned
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Well, here’s something.
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She Says Really Sweet Shit
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Pretty self explanatory. I asked, politely, if I could use her image for an illustration, she politely answered yes. Giving foreword about my work. I took a shining to her words. Then i drew her and in the midst of the illustration thought to myself; Man… I need to do more work with her. SO here is a days worth of work.
The “her” in question is Anarkhy. Thank you again.
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Random moleskin additions

Practice for the most part, trying to get comfortable with inks again. Notice the difference in feel compared to my usual stuff. I kind of dig it.
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I like her like this… | #workinprogress #vscocam

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… | #workinprogress
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Renew

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I’m impartial to full nudity in my work. I usually like to convey the message with modesty. But everything about her in her natural state needed to be portrayed almost exactly to convey what I saw in seeing her like this in the reference.

Also, I have come to the realization that I love to draw tank girl tattoos. I’ve loved tank girl since I was young and now she’s the go to character when I want a small addition with attitude. Altogether this is one of my favorites I’ve made and that’s saying a lot because I’m really hard on my stuff.

P.S. The reference was shot by Ibra Ake, awesome photographer. Been a fan for a while and when I asked if I could used one of his works he said yeah. So, much love for that.
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A work in progress

Having a hard time feeling like i’m doing this right or ever going to finish it. Every time I look over it, something new is a miss and I am left all night correcting it. I, at times, see this as a contemptible trait, but an eventuality in being an artist. When you care a sense of dread comes from showing work that you yourself do not fully appreciate. It feels that way to myself in my personal case at least. For now I pluck away until I reach my sigh of relief.
But, I will try to post more often, I have realized that I don’t post enough. I love tumblr, I should give myself a reason to be on it.
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To be honest… Sometimes, I feel like my work really isn’t that great. So I keep this little moleskin to just draw in. No real thinking, nothing critical, just draw a picture.

Maybe, in the long run, it’s better that way.
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Tough
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It’s been a while. I’ve been working, but i’m back posting so enjoy.
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Untitled | Something about warrior women.
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