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Giving Your World Personality

My approach to designing for Losing Valarie has become more about displaying my main protagonist’s personality within the world I’ve created for her.

I’ve spent the past week or so concentrating fleshing out my main protagonist’s bedroom. Besides a distinct color palette and black accents, I’ve tapped into her personality more by adding more personal touches. As an aspiring writer and blerd, I chose to fill her room with posters of Black female writers along with a bookcase filled with books. I showcased more by placing items related to anime and music. As a Millennial (or Gen Zer), modern amenities are very much seen throughout the room. In creating the room, it wanted to tell as much of a story as the character does. Tapping into her “Blackness” is something I plan to explore more of – from the designs to stories.

The next step is to develop designs for the series’ exteriors along with some more interior shots. Within the next month or so, I plan to do some more character designs for the series. Hopefully, as the year progresses, I’ll be able to show more on this site or on my Patreon.

Within the next week, I plan to start the interiors for the family home in my children’s series Brothas. If things go according to plan, I hope to venture into more exterior settings. Developing more character designs may come up in the future as I plan to expand into supporting characters.

As I’ve stated before, I have yet to begin cracking my still-untitled action-adventure project. I’ll start with the character designs before attempting background designs. I hope to start around later this year or early next year.

Social media presence is finally attracting some potential clients. My freelance work is still a bit slow, but I am definitely put into the work to expand my income.

Just remember all the hard work will pay off in the end.

Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Seeing the Full Picture

As progress in my work, the backgrounds are starting to take shape as I build my animated worlds.

Fro the past week or so, I’ve been shaping the world for the teenagers of Losing Valarie. The high school setting is your typical high school atmosphere with a modern look to better reflect the advancement in design and technology. Like I mentioned before, I wanted a color palette filled with pastels and dark colors to reflect the light yet dramatic tone of the series. I kept the high school palette limited to blues and whites with pops of color here and there. As the idea has progressed over the years, my approach to design has evolved as I became more comfortable with digital art.

Along with creating the high school setting, I have concentrated my efforts on improving my main protagonist’s refuge – her bedroom. Much like the previous background, I limited the color palette to her favorite color – pale pink (or rose gold). Everything from her bedding to the walls is covered in it. But the break up the monochromatic, I decided to use black to again fit the series’ tone along with more vibrant colors for visual appeal. I’ve steadily built up the room to illustrate more of her personality as an aspiring writer and bleed. Along with personality, I wanted to highlight my protagonist’s “Blackness” through her choice of artwork and posters.

Hopefully, soon, I will illustrate the actual exteriors of these places to give a better look and understanding of this world. I know to see what the characters’ world looks like will create a connection with potential viewers.

Within the next week, I plan to focus more on my children’s series Brothas by concentrating on the interior of the family home. I might even deal with some more exterior settings in the main characters’ world. Much of the look and feel will still retain the child-like look of the series.

Focusing on the two previous projects, I have yet to begin cracking my still-untitled action-adventure project. The series draws shows such as the original Teen Titans, Justice League, and Batman the Animated Series so my palette will be using more subdued colors and neutral tones – browns, beiges, whites, grays, and black. I’ll start with the character designs and work my way from there.

While background design will be my focus, for the time being, I will eventually turn my attention to character design for my next set of characters. As I start building up more work, I put some of it on my website (be on the lookout!) while others might be Patreon exclusives.

 

Social media presence has continued to play a role in attracting clients. My freelance work is still a bit slow, but I am definitely put into the work to expand my income.

Just remember all the hard work will pay off in the end.

 

Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Preparing for the Next Step

Since May, I’ve been working on my visual design work for personal projects.

To make these personal projects come to life, I’ve started a Patreon to fulfill my dreams.  While I crave out my lane, I have been revising and re-visiting some of my old designs. Looking at my first personal project, Brothas, allowed me to see my growth as an artist. The rudimentary look of the original designs has given way to more realistic humans (as the series is inspired by my childhood). That project is meant for children and their families as it portrays a Black family loving and living in today’s world. My other visual project, Losing Valarie, has seen more improvement in character design as I refine some of the original designs while creating new ones. With that project being an ensemble teen dramedy, I still have a ways to go before I feel it is complete. Much like Brothas, I centered the series about a Black character – this time a female. This project has gone through many evolutions since I first thought about her in my early 20s.

With those two projects on pause for a minute, I will start working on another still-untitled project. This one will be another series centered around two brothers and their crimefighting efforts. This is inspired by an idea from my undergraduate studies. Like the previous projects, I feel representation is key when it comes to animation especially given the social change currently going on worldwide.

While character design has been my main focus for a while, I plan on dealing with background designs for many of the projects. My work will be seen on my website (be on the lookout!)

Working on these projects allows me to tap into my creativity while creating something tangible when I get ready to present my ideas. While I prepare to get these shows off the ground, I’m still a few contests here and there as a way of getting my work seen.

With so much going on in the word, I see some bright spots as freelance offers to slowly trickling in. Social media has increased its importance in my work as I try recruiting more clients.

Everything will work out in 2020. What’s for you is for you, and what isn’t will fall to the wayside.

Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Celebrating Black Music Part 4

Sadly, this is the last post of my Black Music Month series

This week, I dedicated a post to the music superstars and game-changers from the 1980s through the 2000s. I wanted to highlight the men and women who took Black music to new heights while setting the blueprint for today’s music. In the process, I decided to highlight some groups from the time period. I drew inspiration from constellations, heaven, and the sky to tribute these true icons and legends. I also felt the need to highlight some legends we’ve lost in recent years.

Just like last week’s post, I will showcase my sources while giving a peek into my process.

Here are my source images:aaliyah

Aaliyah

al_b_sure

Al B. Sure

alicia_keys

Alicia Keys

anita baker

Anita Baker

ashanti

Ashanti

athony_hamilton

Anthony Hamilton

beyonce

Beyonce

Billy Ocean

bobby_brown

Bobby Brown

brandy

Brandy

Brian McKnight

Case

chris_brown

Chris Brown

ciara

Ciara

d_angelo

D’Angelo

deborah_cox

Deborah Cox

Donell Jones

erkyah_badu

Erykah Badu

faith_evans

Faith Evans

fantasia

Fantasia

freddie_jackson

Freddie Jackson

gerald_levert

Gerald Levert

ginuwine

Ginuwine

jaheim

Jaheim

janet_jackson

Janet Jackson

jill_scott

Jill Scott

Jody Watley

Joe

Keith Sweat

kelly_price

Kelly Price

keyshia_cole

Keyshia Cole

lenny_kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

luther_vandross

Luther Vandross

mariah_carey

Mariah Carey

mary_j_blige

Mary J. Blige

maxwell

Maxwell

Michael Jackson - 1983

Michael Jackson

monica

Monica

mya

Mya

patti_labelle

Patti Labelle

peabo_bryson

Peabo Bryson

Purple Rain (1984)
Directed by Albert Magnoli
Shown: Prince (as The Kid)

Prince

r_kelly

R. Kelly

rihanna

Rihanna

stephanie_mills

Stephanie Mills

tamia

Tamia

01/01/1985. Close Up Tina Turner

Tina Turner

toni_braxton

Toni Braxton

usher

Usher

whitney_houston

Whitney Houston

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If you want to see the final result, check out my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Celebrating Black Music Part 3

Back with another Black Music Month post!

This week, I decided to dedicate a post to the musical pioneers and innovators from the 1950s through the 1970s. I choose to go with the men and women who blazed a trail for Black entertainers of today while laying the foundation for today’s music. In the process, I decided to highlight some groups from the time period. I drew inspiration from constellations, heaven and the sky to tribute these true icons and legends. I also used the post to highlight some legends we’ve lost in recent years.

Just like my previous posts on Hip-Hop, I will showcase my sources while giving a peek into my process.

Here are my source images:al_green

Al Green

aretha_franklin

Aretha Franklin

barry_white

Barry White

betty_wright

Betty Wright

Bob Marley

chaka khan

Chaka Khan

chuck_berry

Chuck Berrycurtis_mayfieldCurtis Mayfielddiana_rossDiana Rossdionne_warwickDionne Warwickdonna_summerDonna Summerjackie_wilsonJackie Wilsonjames_brownJames Brown

jimi_hendrix

Jimi Hendrixlittle_richardLittle Richardmarvin_gayeMarvin Gayemary_wellsMary Wells

miles_davis

Miles Davisnat_king_coleNat King Colenatalie_coleNatalie Cole

nina-simone983j27.7765.23

Nina Simoneray_charlesRay Charlesrick_jamesRick Jamesruth_brownRuth Brownsam_cookeSam Cooke

sammy_davis_jr

Sammy Davis, Jr.stevie_wonderStevie Wonderteddy_pendergrassTeddy Pendergrass

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If you want to see the final result, check out my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Celebrating Black Music Part 2

Another week, another Black Music Month post!

This week, I’m dedicating a post to the women of Hip Hop. For my process this time around, I choose to go with women who not only had the skills (sometimes, better than the men) but the impact on the culture as a whole. While there have been many female rappers have made a mark, these women’s impact is still be felt today. I drew inspiration from Greco-Roman goddesses to pay homage to these amazing women. I also used the post to shout-out some female rappers who paved the way for today’s women in Hip-Hop.

Just like the post on the men of Hip-Hop, I will showcase my sources while giving a peek into my process.

Here are my source images:

Greco-Roman Goddesses

queen_latifah_newQueen Latifah

mc_lyteMC Lyte

da_bratDa Brat

lauryn_hillLauryn Hill

lil_kimLil’ Kim

missy_elliottMissy Elliott

eveEve

trinaTrina

nicki_minajNicki Minaj

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phase_2_goddesses

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phase_4_goddesses

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phase_6_goddesses

phase_7_goddesses

phase_8_goddesses

phase_9_goddesses

If you want to see the final result, check out my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Celebrating Black Music Part 1

With time being on my side, I have decided to re-dedicate myself to my Black Music Month project.

This week, I’ll focus on revisiting my post from last year dealing with the men of Hip Hop. Last year, I was able to narrow my choices down to some of the best male lyricists of all time. I’ll admit my work from last year was just okay, but I knew I could do better. I wanted to dive deeper into my vision as an artist with better technique and understanding of the subject and the message.

Again, I will showcase my sources while giving a peek into my process.

Here are my source images:

Mt Rushmore

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If you want to see the final result, check out my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Preparing for the Future

I’ve been working on my visual design work for personal projects.

With client work being on pause right now, I have dedicated myself to creating some work to celebrate my culture. I’ll share more in the coming weeks through this blog and my Instagram page.  The project for the moment is re-starting my Black Music Month project. Due to some external circumstances, I couldn’t fully commit myself to create my vision. The endgame with the project is to pay homage to the men and women of music who helped to shape not only Black culture but culture as a whole. Each post focuses on the artists, innovators, and pioneers of rock, Hip Hop, R&B, soul, and pop whose legacy and influence continues to inspire others.

Besides that project, I will be revising some of my old designs and creating some new ones. Doing this will allow me to enter a few contests here and there over the next few months. This is my way of moving my career forward.

With the country starting to re-open, I’m hoping to get my freelance work back up and running. My social media game is about to go into overdrive as I start to look for more clients.

I know 2020 will turn around and work out for everyone 9even the doubters).

Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Working for More Creativity

Hello! I’m back! I know it’s been a minute since I last updated this blog. Now is the time for me to start doing my design work.

While I was away, I managed to get a few projects from various clients. I’ll share more of the results later on through the site. Expanding my client base has been a goal of mine, and it seems to be working.

I’m preparing to re-start my Black Music Month project from last year. I want to use my skills to pay homage to the men and women of music who helped to shape the culture. Each post will focus on the artists, innovators, and pioneers of Hip Hop, R&B, soul, and pop whose legacy and influence continues to inspire others.

Besides that project, I will be working on revising some of my old designs and creating some new ones. I plan on applying to some contests here and there as I move forward with my career as a content creator.

Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

Celebrating Black Music Part 1

Welcome to The Creative Grind where all things visual exist! This blog will allow me to show my creative process for my art and visual designs.

Since it is Black Music Month, I decided to pay homage to the men and women who have affected the culture in some shape or form. This week’s post deals with the men of Hip Hop. I wanted to create something that would speak to the volume of the legacy each man holds within the genre. There were so many to choose from, but I narrowed it down to some of the best lyricist of all time.

Here are my source images:

Mt Rushmore

If you want to see the final result, check out my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!

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