Saturday, June 16, 2012

Como la Flor

I am actually quite smitten with this picture. I am a complete lover of roses and the color yellow! It's amazing to find such beauty unraveling itself on a long, thorny stem....

Self Reflection Time! *Yes, I am going there* I guess it's all of these sudden changes that are bringing on all of these thoughts. My adolescence was a long, torturous period of pain and awkwardness in some hell-hole that is normally referred to as Central Junior High. I was very ashamed of something that should have been valued more. I never took myself seriously, much less did anyone else.The mere thought of those days bring on a large variety of emotions that make me want to rip something to shreds and burn the pieces. But I digress. I made it a goal to love and nurture myself. I always take the time to look back and pat myself on the back for all of my hard work and progress. It has been a journey. I find myself in a constant state of flux. I am slowly *unraveling* myself to the world, and myself, amazingly. Life is an interesting journey. I am not perfect, and it takes a lot for me to admit a lot of my flaws. Again, I fail to take myself seriously. In achieving respect for myself, I can conquer that of others'. I am a work in progress. I have a lot to work on, but I am happy where I find myself, today. Things have changed so much! I like the change, however, and welcome it con mucho gusto!!

La Malinche

She is "many things to many people: a symbol of betrayal; an opportunistic sexual siren; a feminist icon; an Aztec goddess in disguise; the mother of the first mestizo, and thus, of the Mexican nation; the ultimate rape victim of the Conquest”
-Mathew Restall (86)
The Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

This woman had a greater impact on me than I had initially imagined. Through the course of the semester, I did extensive research on this woman and her world. I learned about her upbringing, set-backs, achievements, and pains. I may sound like a broken record, but she opened my eyes into a whole new world. After writing 22 extensive pages on her, I feel it suitable to end my little Malinche rant here. For the cover page of my essay, I drew her as a Day of the Dead Calavera.

La Trompeta!

Back in February, one of my friends turned 21. As broke as I was (and still am...damn) I tried to make a lovely and meaningful card. Since he plays the trumpet, I drew him as a day of the dead calavera tocando su trompeta. Since I took pictures through the process, I decided to post them here :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

La Sirena

During school, I heard a lot of talk about tattoos. One of my friends loves mermaids and had mentioned that she wanted a mermaid tattoo. She was very specific about what she wanted. I had suggested a spin-off of "La Sirena" from la Lotería. I had never actually drawn something of this style, but I had always wanted to try it. Having the vision clear in my head, and the urge to try it out, I went for it :D Thus, this was born! :) She is a representation of what I envision as true natural beauty. She is mythically sexy. I am quite pleased with the result :D I based my drawing off of this photo that I found via google images.

**I just want to note that my phone takes some of the ugliest pictures. That explains the poor picture quality.