I'm very active in things related to social awareness and humanitarian concerns. It takes up a great deal of my energy in my thoughts so it's only a natural progression for it to impact my artistic work. I want to create artworks that are meaningful - to me and what I think matters in the world. I see myself as wanting to take my art and adding messages to it but not in a contrived manner. For me, it really needs to come from my heart. I find that sometimes, I'm just waiting to be inspired as if I'm holding my breathe waiting for the spark. It helps when I write my ideas down or doddle or both.
My newest work is all in graphic design. I didn't pick up the pencil on these but rather jumped into illustrator for these social awareness message pieces. I've often found it's easier for me to create via my keyboard instead of thumbnails to the larger project. The approach helps me collect my thoughts and make modifications with relative ease.
“Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.” ~M. Gandhi
The first one is Global Citizen:
In the next design, I modified the artwork with a similar yet different message. Both hold the meaning I was aiming for while creating the work:
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