As a graphic designer, I tend to overuse the computer in my creative process.  I begin to rely on it like a crutch and neglect to use my own faculties.  As a kid, I spent a great deal of my time drawing things and using my imagination to make drawings and sketches.  That part of myself and my childhood is what help me find my way to the field of graphic design.  It allowed me to create. However, many months after college graduation, I can’t even remember the last time I picked up a pencil to draw anything. Somehow, as a college student I had lost a certain grasp on my own creativity, as I was being “trained” to be a graphic designer, as well as a slave to the computer; that’s not to blame anyone but myself for allowing this to happen.

I’ve started to get back into the spirit of creating art simply for the fun of doing so, creating things that inspire me, and experimenting with different styles and techniques.  One of the things I’ve been experimenting lately with is the art form of drawing caricatures.  This is the first one that I’ve completed along with some shots of the process. It’s not as exaggerated as some caricatures I’ve seen, but I’ll let you be the judge.  It’s of Amiri Baraka, a writer, poet, and playwright.  You can find out more about him here or better yet, read this. Growing up I never had a favorite graphic designer because I didn’t know of any designers period, and wasn’t aware of the profession until my later teen years. Yet I was always reading, so mostly writers and people I read about inspired me, Baraka being one of my favorites.  The quote is taken from a page in his autobiography, just don’t ask me which one.  It’s been a while, but the quote just stuck with me. This is a digital rendering done in a program called ArtRage.

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Amiri Baraka