A quick break, while I’m taking some time off from my 30 Day Challenge, to post some snapshots from Easter Weekend with the family while my parents are in Toronto. I’ll be back to my old antics again on Wednesday.
Day 10: Something you couldn’t live without
I thought long and hard about this one, because I wanted to truly consider the perception of necessity vs. luxury, as well as utility. Ultimately, I settled on the internet. As much as it’s home to all the cat videos, stupid opinions, and illegal streams of long-cancelled sitcoms, it’s also the lifeblood of my business as a multidisciplinary artist & designer. The internet has allowed me to share my art and my music with clients, collaborators, and fans across the globe, and brought me business I couldn’t have otherwise drummed up on a local scale. It’s also where my Bible and devotionals come from, how I can stay in touch with my family, and even a huge part of how my girlfriend first started getting to know each other. I’m very blessed to have a wide array of tools in my creative arsenal at my disposal but, as long as I have an internet connection, I feel like I can make anything happen.
Day 9: Your favourite cartoon/anime character
All-time favourite comicbook character: Superman. Anyone who makes the argument that Superman is “boring”, “shallow”, or “too powerful” to be an interesting superhero truly doesn’t understand the character at all. As the ultimate immigrant with no obligation to use his abilities for the good of humanity, Superman is pretty much the gold standard in heroism and the responsibility-to-power ratio. His greatest strength and weakness are not the yellow sun and Kryptonite, but both lie in the humanity he constantly chooses into. Many look at Clark Kent as the secret identity but Clark Kent is the costume while Superman is the character’s truest identity. There’s no way another superhero comes close. And for the record: screw the New 52 version of the costume; red briefs for life.
Day 8: Something with your favourite colour
I realised that I don’t really have a singular favourite colour so, in preparation for today’s illustration, I decided to go with light – as represented by DC Comics’ Kimiyo Hoshi, aka Doctor Light – which encompasses the entire spectrum of colour. I’ve always thought she was a cool character, beyond her power over photonics, as she’s an incredibly intelligent and accomplished scientist who, through her interactions with the superhuman community, has to learn maturity, humility, and vulnerability with others. Nothing to do with colours, but definitely a beautiful story about growing as human being.
Day 7: Your family or family members
My family, as a whole, is quite massive and well dispersed geographically – myself included in the diaspora. I live in Toronto now (nearer to some relatives on my dad’s side whom I only met since moving here), but my parents still live in Cayman. We only get to see each other a couple times a year, at most, but we FaceTime several times a week, and this is actually what a typical FaceTime call with my folks looks like: no one’s face fully in frame.
Day 6: Something you’ve never drawn before
Simple enough, in all her mason jar glory, I present to you: The Pinterest Bride. Let me tell you, this one was not as easy as I thought it would be.
Day 5: Your favourite outfit
I’m a summer enthusiast, a cyclist, and an adidasoriginals DJ here in Toronto. As such, my favourite outfit (otherwise known as the standard #ootd) consists of any tank top, Levi’s 511 Commuter khakis/jeans, and a pair of adidas sneakers (black-on-black leopard print Tech Super 2.0s pictured here). I can’t wait til it’s warm enough to ditch all the sleeves and roll up my cuffs again! Also, let the record show, that this is about as close to a selfie as I’ll probably ever get.
Day 4: An animal you think is really cute
The internet is riddled with cute animals, particularly cats. Vi and I actually have a running joke where we tag all our Instagrams #cats, regardless of what they are, because they pretty much rack up all the views and likes. That said, one of the cutest animals I think I’ve EVER seen is one specific cat – a lioness cub, to be precise – named Karis, who loves playing in Autumn leaves. I actually prefer Summer, myself, but if I had an adorable lioness cub to frolic through crunchy leaves with, I think I might dislike the wet cold a little less!
Day 3: One, some, or all of your friends
Almost didn’t make it with this one, thanks to an accidental nap which threw me off schedule yesterday! Anyway, this is my best friend Josiah: Art Director Extraordinaire, SoundCloud Enthusiast, and V-neck Overlord. We’ve been friends since we met at church a few years ago, and have grown extremely close since. We’ve seen each other through several seasons of feast and famine, and he’s closer to me than my own brother. He’s, by far, my biggest supporter (musically and design-wise), and it’s been my esteemed honour to turn up with him, time and again, on the other side of the DJ booth.
Day 2: Someone you like (celebrity, significant other, or crush)
My girlfriend Phoebe and I have been going out for almost a year and a half. We’re complete opposites in so many ways and, for a while, this caused us to doubt whether we could make a relationship work or not. Needless to say, we’ve been through a lot together, and I can’t think of another person I’d want to build a life together with. She inspires me, she spoils me, and she’s taught me so much about perfect love as imperfect beings. She’s my friendly moon <3
P.S. Today is also her birthday, so happy 22nd sweet pea!