Black pride.

This was an illustration I did on black pride and feminism. Its common knowledge the challenges black people face, and also the ones that women face in today’s society. So it is safe to assume that there will be some challenges in being a black woman. Whether it’s in the constant buzz of the United States, the ambient elegance of France, or the crude splendor of Nigeria, black women face the same issues everywhere, a combination of both racial and sexual bias. Its something that constantly happens, and possibly something that is always going to happen. Being a black woman isn’t something you can change, nor is it something you should change. Rather you should own it, and define it, on your own terms. A black woman is always going to stand out, is always going to have an identity among black and white people. Its up to them to define that identity, whether they’ll become a symbol of mediocrity, or greatness. A black woman stands out, but a successful black woman doesn’t just stand out, she inspires, she turns heads and sparks conversations, she is a true symbol of power. Every black woman should try to look past the oppression they face, and strive to be the best they can be. Because when you get to the top, you’ll realize how much of a blessing it is to be a black woman.

I tried to make the illustration as basic and as straightforward as possible, I tried to capture the sketch model in a feminine, but strong pose, against a backdrop of the word “BLACK”. Its meaning is simple, a black woman is powerful, and she should be proud of it.

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Hope.

This was an artwork I made to depict a state of hope. Remember that feeling, the one where you find yourself in a really dire situation, and it seems you don’t really have any plan, or any way out at the tlook, but you’re still hopeful anyway?. Well I attempted to depict that exact feeling in this piece. Its a feeling of hope, but not optimism, a feeling where there seems to be no end in sight, immediate or far, but there’s a glimmer of hope that there’ll be an end. There’s no upbeat feeling or attitude about it, but there’s hope, and its all there is.

I used a combination of colours that I felt conveyed this feeling, greens and yellows. The colors are bright, as hope is a good thing, but I tried to give the girl a slightly saddened and worn out look, still her head is lifted in hope, and it’s all she has, but to get through anything, its all she needs.

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The power in dance.

In this piece I tried to capture the power in a simple dance. Its funny how dances like the waltz or tango, or any dance shared by two people really, manage to create memories that last a lifetime. How a simple holding of hands, a gentle shuffling of the feet, becomes stories parents tell their children, reasons people smile to themselves when nobody’s around. There’s nothing complex about dance, you don’t even have to really know how to do it, yet it manages to forge complex relationships. Such is its power, and its necessity in the world we live in.

I tried to give this piece a romantic realistic look. So i used brown undertones

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Stage queen.

This was a piece of art I created called the stage queen. Inspired by a dancer I watched at the theatre. It depicts a woman who flourishes in the spotlight, who loves to captivate the audience anywhere she is, be it in a small room with thirty people, or a grand audience of thousands. She feels all the attention focused on her, she embraces it, and enjoys it. She finds happiness in the applause of strangers, in the wows of their lips, in the noise of their ovations and the awe in their faces. She may be anything else, anywhere else, but the stage is her domain, and she alone is queen.

Coat patterns.

This is a concept illustration for a european style coat. Its conservative, elegant and kind of old school. But its supposed to convey a formal, powerful look. I wanted the sketch model to have a strong European look, hence the turtleneck and the accessories.

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Injustice

This was an illustration I did just to express myself a bit, to depict the state of things in my country, to silently gesture how a wealthy politician can tip the scales of justice in their favour. How with their vast wealth, they can guide the hands of lady justice, and bend her to their will. How they render her sword ineffective, and her scales unbalanced. This is wrong, but then again, its just me, expressing myself.

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