Category Archives: Art Talk

Character in Acrylic Inks

Hello Friends!

This is my second assignment for my Bootcamp Character Play class. We had to come up with an idea for making our character, Coco Moloko, into a plushie toy.

So! Since I love ballerinas, I decided to create a unisex Coco Moloko Ballerina toy. They come with poseable arms and legs, a skirt, leotards, wrist scarves, a wooden ballet bar, and four different shapes that can be attached and detached for their hands and feet. Plus, a bag for storing their accessories!

I never realized how hard it can be to come up with a new toy idea! I was thinking that more ballet outfits could be created in different colors and patterns and sold separately!

I feel a little discouraged about how I am creating these assignments. I am feeling like I really want to get an iPad at some point and learn how to use Procreate to do digital art. I just don’t seem to be able to get the depth and colors that I want for my illustrations.

On another note I have been having trouble with my left shoulder lately, so I have to begin going to physical therapy on Tuesday. Hopefully I won’t have to go for very long, though.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Character in Watercolor

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Here are the illustrations for our first character, Coco Moloko, that I came up with in my Bootcamp Caracter Play class.

They are a donut who has to be decorated. So we had liberty to create them however we wanted. In the story that our instructor wrote, several ingredients are suggested.

I decided to show Coco inside the bakery with entering the decorating room with other donuts. Then I took close-ups of each stage. In my illustration they liked swimming through frosting, getting sprinkled, and being topped with a cherries. But unfortunately a chocolate chip hit them on the head, ha ha!

Anyway, I never realized how hard it can be to illustrate a character. In my next post, you’ll see how I changed the character and developed it into a toy which was our second assignment.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Donut Characters in Pencil

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Yesterday I sketched these donuts for my class called Bootcamp: Character Play. We are going to be working on this character for a month and even being taught how to make our character into a toy!

I am already having fun with this class. It will be going until the end of May!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜ƒ

Dessert Characters in Watercolor

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This is a watercolor I did for my new class that starts today! It is for the class Bootcamp: Character Play with Make Art That Sells as part of all the classes I signed up for this year.

We were given this free prep assignment to do before class starts. We were to draw desserts with faces. Some people did many desserts and some did one. I only had time for one.

So I decided to do a Banana Split Sundae in a banana boat. The blueberry and strawberry scoops are trying to save the chocolate from melting away!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Betye Saar in Mixed Media

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This is my last piece for my class Redrawing Black History. I have enjoyed this class so much! I am bummed that it is over already!

This week we learned about the assemblage artist, Betye Saar. In the 1970’s she was a part of the Black Arts Movement. This movement dealt with stereotypes and myths regarding femininity and race.

Her most famous piece was called “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. She said, “I had this Aunt Jemima, and I wanted to put a rifle and a grenade under her skirts. I wanted to empower her. I wanted to make her a warrior. I wanted people to know that Black people wouldn’t be enslaved by that,” meaning the stereotypical mammy.

Betye Saar is a very interesting woman and artist. She is 94 now! You can find interviews of her on YouTube. I enjoyed learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Elizabeth Catlett Drawn with Inktense Pencils

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This past week for my Week 3 assignment in my “Redrawing Black History” class we learned about Elizabeth Catlett. She was a painter, a screen printer and a sculptor.

I wanted to show her age progression, because she began doing art when she was young, and evolved over her lifetime into an amazing artist!

She lived from 1915 to 2012! After she graduated high school in 1931, “she enrolled on a scholarship at the Carnegie Institute of Technology only to have her admission rescinded when the school learned she was Black. Instead, she enrolled at Howard University, her tuition paid with scholarships and the savings of her mother, a teacher. In 1935, she graduated cum laude with a degree in art.” (‘Triumph Against All Odds: Black Artist Elizabeth Catlett’ by Sandy Lewis, wednesdayswomen.com. I encourage you to look up this article! Elizabeth had to overcome many obstacles in her lifetime to get her art out into the world!

I have been enjoying this class so much especially because of the great black art history I am learning from Tamisha Anthony! I have always loved the richness of the African American culture. Their art, music, and traditions are really beautiful!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Gwendolyn Bennett in Colored Pencil

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This week in my class I have been learning about Gwendolyn Bennett. She lived from 1902 to 1981. She was a writer of poetry, short stories, editorials, cultural and social articles, reviews, essays, an unfinished novel, and her own diaries. She was also a painter, but unfortunately, nearly all of her artwork was destroyed in a fire. However, her magazine covers are online, and there is one oil painting, Untitled (River Landscape) that she painted in 1931 which was located by Belinda Wheeler in 2012. Art historians hope to someday recover more of her art that may not have been destroyed in the fire.

As I was reading about this amazing woman online, I found a book about her that I purchased. It is called Heroine of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: Gwendolyn Bennett’s Selected Writings. It was just published in 2018 and was edited by Belinda Wheeler and Louis J. Parascandola. I have just started it, but it’s inspiring to see discover that she accomplished so much in her lifetime! I recommend this book if you are interested in learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Edmonia Lewis in Pencil

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This is the drawing I did for the first week’s assignment for my class “Redrawing Black History” with Tamisha Anthony and Lilla Rogers at Make Art That Sells.

Edmonia Lewis lived from July 4, 1844 to September 17, 1907. She was an American sculptor. You can read more about her here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonia_Lewis

I’m sorry this post is short. I didn’t get much sleep in the last couple of days. I hope you are all doing well! I am hoping to do this week’s assignment in mixed media. Our subject this week is Gwendolyn Bennett. She was a poet among many other talents! Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Marian Anderson in Pencil

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This is the third person we learned about in my “Redrawing Black History” class. She had such a beautiful voice. She sang mostly opera and spirituals. She won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the NAACP Image Award, and others.

She was allowed to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after she was denied permission to sing for an integrated audience for the Daughters of the American Revolution at their Constitution Hall. That day she sang before an enormous integrated crowd of 75,000 people!

You can find videos of her singing on YouTube! I think she really had a gorgeous and melodic voice.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Alice Coltrane in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

This is the second person from my “Redrawing Black History” class whom we learned about. She was a singer, piano player, and harpist. She was also married to John Coltrane!

Her music is beautiful. I enjoyed painting this one! It was pretty fun.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

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