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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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.

Ebook cover art.

This was an illustration for an eBook titled strange bedfellows. I read the story and its main theme was seduction and betrayal. The cover illustration is pretty straightforward, a man and a woman engaging in an elegant dance(covering the seduction theme.) The man is wearing a mask, which depicts that he is not who he seems to be, which hints towards betrayal.

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submerged.

This was an art piece I did to depict a “happy place”. Its the place everyone has in their lives where they go to forget all their worries and live in the moment. The piece depicts a young girl in a kind of underwater utopia. A place where she loses herself in the beauty of it all, a place where she is happy.

Although the concept is a happy one, I didn’t try to use too many bright colors, but just enough to get the message across.

Queen of hearts.

This was an artwork that I’ve always wanted to attempt. It’s based on one of the card titles(in this case, the Queen of hearts) coming out of their cards. This really took me a while as I experimented a lot with colors and concepts. I finally settled on a brown monotone to give the artwork an aged, realistic look as it seemed like a good visual style.

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