The Mud Club: New Narrative Work in Progress

narrative art ©yanuarynavarro
©yanuarynavarro
This week I have three black and white narrative pieces I'm working on. The pieces are inspired by my time in middle school when my friends and I would take a shortcut through a forest to get home. I have fond memories of that forest and I've reimagined the experience with a spark of magical realism.

Did you have to walk home when you were a kid? What interesting detours did you take?

narrative art by yanuarynavarro
©yanuarynavarro
Black and white work is an area I've been wanting to explore for a long time. Removing the color factor allows me to focus on expressive line work. I've been finding black and white drawing calming, like a meditation I desperately needed.
narrative art by yanuarynavarro
©yanuarynavarro
When I see a finished piece by other creators I always wonder how they got to the finished piece. How the process from idea to roughs end up becoming the work I fall in love with. With my work the process is always messy. I make many rough variations before I decide on composition, character design, and technique. The figure drawing always takes me the longest because I aim to capture just the right pose, smile, and gesture. That's no easy task because figure drawing was always my achilles heel. However, for years I've been purposely challenging myself to add more people to scenes to strengthen my weakness. These days I LOVE drawing people. I find their distinct complexity beautiful.