Writing with pictures

Rubin and The Mango Tree, story by ©yanuarynavarro

Before he was Rubin the Mango Spirit.
He was Rubin, a little one.


Jotting a story down sometimes with pictures first, sometimes with words first. It’s always a different process with each story revealing itself in a different form. Just jot it down, scribble it down, make stick figures, whatever it takes so you don’t let it run away with whatever moments you have. Stories are impatient and temperamental they want to keep moving.

Magical Creatures

Baby Minmy, Gouache & color pencil

In the world of Wolliy there a many different species of animals, some similar to the ones we see here on our planet and others are more mysterious with peculiar traits and possibly magical powers. A baby Minmy is by nature sweet and gentle, only 1 foot tall. As they begin to mature they can grow up to 200 feet tall. This height depends on the physical space in which they are given to roam. The smaller the space the smaller they will remain.

Color Sets the Mood

Lucinda_Yanuary_signed border

‘Lucinda Discovers her Green thumb’ mixed media on paper, 2018

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Color sets the stage for the emotions, mood and vibes in a painting.  In this case, Lucinda is a character who would have a strong personality. A complex combination of boldness, loud, joyful, confident, playful and overall benevolent young adult.

Little Vita

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I’ve been drawing little Vita for many years now. She sort of sprouted out of my blank piece of paper one day and stole my heart. I’d like to to keep learning more about this spunky little lady.

Queen Nimi

Purple Fairy_with contact

This is Queen Nimi, a character I designed for the world that I’ve been developing. I made it using Adobe Illustrator from start to finish. I like how Vector shapes can create a similar effect to Gouache (my preferred paints) clean and bold.

Tappy the Mustard Toad 3.0

Mustard toads like playing games too…they just don’t know you’re not supposed to eat the equipment.

I’ve been teaching myself how to animate using 2D tools. Here’s a little short.

Conversation

Blue Hair-Jim
marker on paper

Last year my focus of improvement was in gesture drawing and conveying more movement and action in my figures. I had to become more comfortable with working more loosely and treat each mark as an opportunity for learning rather than a precious object that may be ruined.

Freehand drawing used to intimidate me and I viewed it as a skill I did not possess. After a year of doing it with permanent markers without the option to erase or undo I’m feeling more comfortable with diving into a fresh sheet of paper. The worst that can happen is that I just have to start all over again.

Improving with each new start.