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Perhaps I should start with a What its all about before I started posting my art. My name is Darren and I’m from the island of Trinidad in the West Indies.
I’ve loved art since I was very young and can remember myself doing some kind of art be it drawing, painting or crafting monsters in Plasticine and I’ve been doing it ever since and if I’m not doing it physically its going on in my mind. Art is a great way to channel your creativity, to relax or to just have fun, unless you’re still in school and decide to draw cartoons all over the brand new desk in your technical drawing class like I did way back when… luckily I only had to scrub it off with bleach and wasn’t sent to the principals office…and thankfully I never got caught drawing all over the school walls.

I’ve never been much into social media maybe I’ve watched to much RT news, anyway since I’ve been wanting to share my art for years now with like minded individuals I thought that I’d at least give it an honest try. I’ve had blogs and SM accounts before , art related and miscellaneous but never kept them for long.
For me the biggest turn offs of many of these sites is that they’re pretty much about vanity and fakery , in a nutshell too much BS for me, in the art sections everyone is in such a mad rush to show off their work that hardly anyone really stops to appreciate anything except the occasional follower who might often feel compelled to like a post because it showed up on their pages feed so its really no surprise to see so much good art go unseen and so many great artist succumb to the mishmash of algorithms, lack of followers or too many people flooding the site with their art, that they simply fade away. Well I decided to try out a few blogs, see how it goes and I’ll keep the one that suits my needs and that gives me the most exposure.

I’ll be uploading some of my Art from time to time, Drawings,Sculptures and paintings that I’ve done or will do… Hopefully someone will find my blog in the matrix and see something they like.

Arnold  Schwarzenegger pencil portrait

arnold schwarzenegger pencil portrait

Lately I’ve not been in the art mood and so haven’t been doing much as I would , it happens sometimes, the inspiration dissapears and you’ve either got to take a break or work through it. This is a drawing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I recently saw a you tube video of him at a charity sports event in South Africa that took place about a year ago, there he was mingling with the fans when out of no where an attention seeking nut runs in an dropkicks him in the back, that really pissed me off, firstly he was 71 years old at the time, I mean who would do that to an old man? Secondly he could have seriously injured or even broken Arnold’s back. I guess the nut thought that he would be forever famous as the guy who threw down the terminator, but in true terminator style Arnold took the unexpected kick in the back without falling down, it looked as if the guy droppedkicked a sack of cement.

Anyway hope you like and thanks for dropping by.

Sitting Bull pencil portrait

Sitting bull was a Native American Chief and holy man belonging to the Lakota people. He is famous for The battle of the little big horn and for working together with Buffalo Bill, he died of a gunshot wound after resisting arrest for suspicion that he might have joined up with a Native American spiritual movement that believed that a saviour would come to free them from the White man’s rule, I guessing that the forces in power at that time were thinking that Sitting Bull might play the saviour role, unfortunately I’m not a gifted writer so I won’t go on and on as those who might not know much about him can easily find details online.

I’ve been wanting to draw this for about 2 years now but kept putting it off, well I finally finished it. I decided not to blend my shading and leave my pencil marks showing this time, I actually prefer drawing like this and I also opted out the usual shading methods, cross hatching etc and just did my own thing, in fact I rather prefer doing my own thing in my own way once it works. I’m not going to overanalize my work, it is what it is, simply that.

Sitting Bull pencil portrait

Minstrel papermache sculpture

This is a sculpture that I made a few years ago, I recently repainted most of it excepting the head and banjo because the varnish had discolored the whites on the sculpture, originally I had tried to get a water-based clear varnish but was unable to find any at the hardware so I had to settle with the ordinary shellac varnish and this has a tendency to discolor after a while or when exposed to light, so after repainting I decided to use spray clear coat as a finisher for the sculpture. This took approximately a month to create.

The minstrel as portrayed in the sculpture is a local version of the minstrel character. That has been played/ portrayed in our traditional mas, “Ole mas” at Carnival time, where people dress in costumes that has been used over the years at Carnival time from the beginning.

Minstrel paper mache sculpture
Minstrel paper mache sculpture
Minstrel paper machine sculpture
Minstrel paper mache sculpture
Minstrel paper mache sculpture

Shirley Temple pencil portrait

So, I’ve said before. I enjoyed drawing Shirley Temple I think that she is a great subjected to draw and that she has a good collection of photos available online to choose from. I chose this photo because it looked like a challenge, with the facial expression and the hair, this was done from an online photo from the 1930s if I remember correctly. Anyway I’m not fond of doing hair, especially curly hair and that’s another reason why I decided to do this., to challenge myself.

I’ve been browsing the photos of actor’s from the early 1900s, there’s something about them, something that they have that seems missing in today’s actors. And surprisingly they have some pretty decent photographs that I can use should I decide to use them as drawing subjects.

This drawing took me only around eight hours to complete ( because I hurried it down) I like drawing realistic to a certain degree, but not hyper realistic because of the amount of time it would take to complete the drawing, and let’s not forget patience.

I decided to upload two copies of the same drawing under different lighting, I always seem to get trouble with the lighting when taking a photograph all my drawings it never really looks the way it does on the drawing perhaps I need to use a scanner.

Shirley Temple pencil portrait
Shirley Temple pencil portrait

Alf paper mache clay sculpture

Anyone remember Alf ? He was the mischief making , cat loving, always hungry little alien not crashed into the tanner’s house one night in the eighties sitcom that was called  Alf. 

This is first of the larger sculptures that I did, it was done  around three years ago, it’s also the heaviest one that I’ve made, weighing about 18/19 lbs, it’s made of shaped cardboard, plastic and PVC piping. It’s hollow inside, the weight is due to the massive amount of paper mache clay  that I used in creating it, also it was also layered with a wash of cement.

It stands about 32 inches tall just about 2 inches or so shorter that the real Alf and took about two months to complete between drying and layering.

Alf paper mache clay sculpture
Alf paper mache clay sculpture
Alf paper mache clay sculpture
Alf paper mache clay sculpture

Marilyn Monroe pencil portrait

Marilyn Monroe pencil portrait

Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jeane Mortenson was a popular American actress and model in the 50s to early 60s before her death in 1962 apparently by ingesting barbiturates, she is a subject of Elton John’s song candle in the wind which was written as a tribute to her. You might think that someone who seemingly has it all, beauty, popularity and wealth might be happy, but this isn’t always the case, something that I’ve come to learn is  that though material affluence may make one more comfortable in life they don’t necessarily make you happy.

I did this drawing on 9×12 slightly textured paper using a new set of drawing pencils that I bought.

Okay so off topic now, I’ve been posting on the net for years now, usually incognito, somehow I never liked the publicity and I still don’t, normally I’d not keep my posts up for long unless I had posted on a website where I wasn’t able to remove them, It still amazes me when people think that I know nothing about SM because I don’t really use it and then proceed to educate me on such things, ryden and try to explain again and again that I’m not really that interested in social media, usually I play along and act as if I’m Clueless .

Rocky Balboa pencil drawing

Rocky Balboa pencil drawing
Rocky Balboa (Silvester Stallone)

So I haven’t posted in awhile, the thought did cross my mind to ditch my word press blog but since I’ve posted so much here I’ll keep it for now. I really don’t think that Silvester Stallone needs any introduction, I suppose nearly everyone knows who he is, if they haven’t seen Rambo or Rocky, they’ve probably seen cliff hanger or some other action packed movie that he’s acted in. I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year now. Hope you like.

Rose

Hi all, hope everyone is well and remembering to keep safe, it seems that lately you hear so very little about the Corona virus, it’s as if it has suddenly disappeared, though we all know that it hasn’t, it’s just that countries got to run so they’re diverting people’s attention and seem to be doing a pretty good job of it. Okay so that was my off topic view on current events, now on to my picture.

Rose in watercolour pencil

This is a quick sketch of a rose from a plant that my brother bought for my mother just before she passed away, this is actually the first flower that we got from if. I did a sketch in pencil from a photo that I took and used watercolour pencils, then blended it in using a brush and water. I’m new to water colour pencils but they seem to work pretty nicely and less messy to clean up after. This was done on cansons 9×12 mixed media paper.

Aaron & friend

Hi all, so I really haven’t been in the blogging mood for awhile and I’m still not quite there as yet but I just thought that I’d post something today. This is a drawing of one of my nephews , I still remember convincing him that I had magical powers when he was younger by programming the TV to shut down then waving my hands and chanting yuu yuu yuu yuu ( Abe’s chant from the old ps 1 game Oddworld) until the TV magically turned off. Then there was the time I convinced him that I was the real wolverine, that the cartoon version was based on me, by taping claws made from aluminium foil to the back of my hands and flashing them to him, he didn’t see the tape people. Anyway he asked me to do this drawing of himself and his friend last year. This was done in pencil on cansons mixed media paper

Aaron and friend

Old Slave

This is a sculpture that I did a few years ago depicting an old African slave, I wanted to do something from our country’s history and decided in this. I browsed around online and found a photo of an old African slave I think from the 1800.

Old Slave sculpture

I was listening to a priest talk on a TV program the other day and he said that slavery exist today in greater numbers than it did back then ( if I remember correctly). Via human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution probably being the greatest, and these are people of all races black, white, brown etc. I often sit and think how human lives are considered to be of such little or no value to so many people that they would be treated in such a manner, I think that after thousands of years that humans have not learned anything from their mistakes. Imagine if we all started to see everyone as actual worth something how our attitudes and behaviours will change, no easy task I know because because years of conditioning be it racial, cultural or whatever have made some men/ women more monsters than human.

Old Slave sculpture (Fv)
Old Slave sculpture (RV)

This sculpture was pace from paper-mache clay.

Off topic time, I heard the other day that a family friend who migrated to the US a few years ago had passed away from the Covid 19 virus, I thought No way! He was only about 42 years old, I can’t believe it. I’m still a bit shocked about the news but it goes to show that anyone can get this virus and anyone can die from it, so I hope that everyone keeps safe because it’s probably going to be around for a long time.

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