AFA 2nd header challenge

Artists & illustrators, want to promote your art on the very popular illustration blog AFA - Art for Adults? AFA releases its Header challage for the second time to give you the chance to be at its header for 2 months!

ARTchipel is honored to be invited to help the final selection. If you wish to participate, please read THIS NOTE for more details… good day, and good luck! 

* Illustration by the winner of 1st AFA header challenge DefCise | defcreations

Your voice coming through the line, you’re not exactly by my side

Graphite, colored pencil, and Acrylic on Toned paper


It has been a fairly good year, in regards to my art at least. I mean I’ve tried a few things, corrected a few things and just drew til I was tired. The good thing is the notice and respect of a few peers. I have been revering the work of a few that say they like my stuff and it really capped this year for me.

It means quite a bit to have people be receptive to my depictions of black men and women. At one time, I didn’t think anyone would. Finding a few blogs and discovering current black contemporary artist really instill some confidence in my direction and sticking to it. I really hope you all enjoyed what I have been showing and can’t wait for next year. Here’s to hoping I’m making something big of all of this. Thank you all and happy holidays.

I work that 9 to 5!

What a way to make a liiivin’!

Or really, 9 to 6. That’s a nice sum for a days work. (Design grunt work. lol) I’m dead tired, but only because I hardly slept last night due to a crazy thunderstorm. It feels really nice to be working though. My first real job that I commute to and work away from home. Very proud!  

Also, surpriiise Defcise and I intern together at the same studio! It’s pretty awesome. They got the best of the best from our grad class with them. 

I see you there, muffinavashti19! Welcome. Sorry for the lack of posts. Just started an internship. I’ll be more active as I learn to adjust to this new schedule. 

I’m gonna sleep early tonight. Bye, loves! 


Her Options

Graphite, Charcoal, and Acrylic


Once I got going on this one, could not stop. There is this level of discomfort I have seen in the women I have been with the first time you just sit there and admire their body in an exposed demeanor. This may not be true for all women, but with the few I have been with, I have been witness to it.

She can’t quite make out whether you like what you see or you’re  noticing her flaws. Hence her immediate reaction. 

Used the beautiful Devin aka DTrain-3000 as my face model for this one.

When You Get A Chance

Graphite and Acrylic on Toned Paper


What started out as practice in value became this thing. It’s from a found image, but it reminds me a lot of family. A member from the other side I don’t see very much anymore (actually never see anymore). With the holidays upon us, I remember the quiet wars that raged during them. The ignoring, complaining, fallouts, bailouts, make ups, and so forth. This picture literally reads, I don’t really care to listen anymore. But from where I am standing, i’m trying to get her to do me a favor, much like what the title implies. I guess, i’m essentially referencing to a trivial point during the best of times.

Happy holidays, and sorry for the life story.


She’s Never Alone

Graphite, Chalk, and Acrylic on Toned paper


Finished this one fairy quickly. Once I got started I couldn’t finished. It’s been a while since I have illustrated an exposed woman, but I felt it was necessary in this case. My point to this piece is there was a time when every women was protected. Every man took to protecting every women. We have come far from that and find ourselves belittling the opposite sex and berating those that have taken the “protector” role, male and female. It’s hard enough that every race sees us as the lesser, why do we do it to ourselves? Dedicate this one to my mom, sisters, and all the women in my life that deserve my protection.