Soon all blog posts, store and portfolio will be under one roof. It’s taken me long enough and it may look a little bit different from the photo below but I’m definitely excited to have everything organized and in one place.
I created the “Portraits of Black Women” series with the intention of showcasing black women’s beauty. Our black is beautiful and it comes in all shades, sizes and styles.
This is your opportunity to own your very own version of this series showcasing YOU. Commission a portrait of yourself, a friend, a family member or even a celebrity or person you admire (male or female – child , adult or elder).
The size available is 7 in. x 8 in. at $75. The medium used will be ink and graphite. Order yours today with just $35. This order entitles you to the small original as well as a digital file you can print at home in a larger size if you like.
Contact me today so you can place your order. You can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below for more information.
Boy with braids (which is actually a boy with twists) was the first portrait of a boy I ever drew. I was looking to experiment with other mediums that would complement the monochrome hues of graphite. Experimenting with mediums is something that will be a major part of my practice.
You know that moment when you’re browsing accounts on social media and you stumble upon an incredible artist and you are blown away by their work? And then spend all the time in the world admiring what they do and wonder, how do they open themselves up so easily to others, share so much about themselves and how can I do the same? I’ve been wondering about this for a while until I realized it’s time to do something about this.
There are a lot inspiring creatives doing their thing online, sharing their work and sparking conversations with admirers. What I’ve noticed is that most of them, whose work I really enjoy, self promote… shamelessly. They are fearless when it comes to putting themselves and their work out there. And as a result people get to know them as artists, get to know their work and to interact directly with them. The type of exchange I think we all creatives look forward to.
For the longest time I did the complete opposite. I think part of me thought or expected my work would be promoted automatically, like when you push a magic button and everything goes into autopilot (Share, likes, comments, repeat). Thought it would be something like Post a photo to social media and then thousands like it and it gets shared a gazillion times. Hilarious, yes I know. It obviously does not work like that at all. So, I’ve decided to put some work into my own self promotion, get out of my tiny protective shell and get my work out until those gazillion observers realize that I exist and that my work is amazing ;) (*clears throat)
I need to focus on my own work. Not because I don’t care about the beautiful art other creatives are working on but because my work and giving it the time it deserves is just as important. And it needs to be seen as well. I need to make my own mistakes, learn from them and stick to what works. I need to share, post and do it shamelessly and fearlessly. Because if i don’t do it, most likely, no one will. And that’s the ugly truth.