Category: Pen & Ink

Pen & Ink: The Second Time Around (2000)

In 2000, I was working around the clock. A “day job” to not only pay the bills, but also frame my artwork. Framing artwork is expensive and getting some free materials was part of the plan. If I had an idea, I just did it… […]

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Sketch: Gravity is a Bitch (1/2021)

Getting back to my notebook groove: as a child this is what I would do in class while the teacher sounded like Charlie Brown’s parents (wah-wah-wah). This is a fundamental part of gemalism, I believe. It’s somewhat useless, if you just throw away the notebooks […]

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Mother Earth: Pen & Ink (1996)

I had ordered a few felt-tip ink pens and wasn’t sure where I’d start, in terms of a piece. I scratched around on paper like I would have with traditional ballpoint pens, but nothing spoke to me. I had to learn how to use these […]

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Limbs of My Poetry: Pen & Ink Drawings (2004)

My friend and frequent collaborator, Omekongo Dibinga needed artwork for a book of poetry he was working on. I was honored to be asked to do a series of pieces to accompany his poems. I had already developed a style for with pen & ink […]

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The Battleground: Pen & Ink (1996)

I was reading a ton of books at the time, doing time. I believe I just finished reading Cheikh Anta Diop’s, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality when I was driven to draw this. It’s loaded for sure. I was charged up with […]

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