The following artworks are a series of Afrocentric art pieces created to inspire an Afrocentric culture. Browse through the artworks on this page and find your favorite piece for your home. The drawings were all created with pen and ink on Bristol board paper.
Love black culture? The illustrations on this page have a symbolic message behind black beauty in black culture.
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Learn about the symbolism or the artwork and the meaning behind the piece.
Most of the line art that I create today are always driven by my passion to create something symbolic and meaningful.
If you look through each artwork for the down you will see symbolic elements like crystals, butterfly wings, and stairways which all represent a message.
Creating beautiful art is always the goal as well. After all, no one wants to see artwork that is not appealing and no one will even look twice at an artwork they don’t find attractive.
I am constantly evolving as a visual artist and always improving my drawing skills. The tools that I use aren’t the most important factor although I love my Faber Castel pens.
As an artist I believe it is important to continue to learn and to grow. There so many creative drawings that I have done over the years that I have not shared online because of time.
I just haven’t had the time to really sit down and write about the artwork and I don’t just want to post it online with no supporting thoughts.
In 2012 I went to school for electronic imaging in media arts. During that time I had to take a course for photography, introduction course to digital photography to be specific.
After the course I found this deep passion to do fashion photography so I invested in buying a digital camera and begin to do collaborative fashion shoots.
Doing all of the fashion photo shoots taught me a lot about teamwork as well as about lighting.
This new knowledge that I learned about lighting eventually transitioned into the visual art works that I was creating. Most and everything that I created prior to shooting photography were flat.
Even though some of the drawings that I had done in the past had like shading, but I did not have a clear idea of contrast and how to balance contrast in my artwork. Photography taught me a lot about art and the creativity that I had developed from creating art also enhance the type of quality in photography that I would do.
I would like to believe that being an artist is going to be a lifelong journey for me. My hope is that after all of the artworks that I have created and shared with the world that I would have for filled my purpose as an artist. I want to inspire the world and inspire many rising artist to go after their dream and vision of being a full-time artist.
The thoughts that always come to my mind are that I have tools and platforms that the master artist in the past never had. All of this inspired the series of artworks that you are going to also see.
This first drawing that I created was on a 14x17 sheet of Bristol board paper. It is one of the largest pieces that I’ve done with a pen and ink art direction in 2017.
Working on a paper that large allowed me to add as much detail as I wanted to the artwork. There are some symbolic elements in the drawing that I purposely incorporated, but I did not want to overdo the overall composition with imagery.
If you’ve visit my website before and you’ve seen my artwork in a similar style then you will know that I love lines. I believe the more I create artwork in the style the more I understand line movement and it is purely by grace.
You might think I’m a little crazy to think that I can understand lines, seriously I do and it is because I don’t force the way that the artwork is created although I am the visionary who completes each piece.
Informing the original line artwork to gold happened in an accident on manner. I first used this technique on a dream catcher drawing that I did for a graphic T-shirt.
The look of it I thought was somewhat refreshing and luxurious. I think with this amount of lines in the artwork visually adds something special even more to the drawings. The direction that is slightly different, which I believe provides a variation some might find more appealing than the original.
I created this first artwork to be very emotional. At the time when I was creating the drawing, it was after a lot of news was surfacing about black people being shot by the police.
Quite a few of them receive a lot of injustice and were treated like animals along with being killed for no reason.
In the drawing I drew tears running down the face of the subject as a symbolism of that pain and even fear.
It is a very traumatic thing I can’t even begin to understand because I haven’t experienced it firsthand, but knowing that your shade of skin could ultimately lead you to your the is sad because we are living in the 21st-century.
Racism is very sensitive topic an issue of late. I am not a visual arts activist, but I feel that it is necessary to create art because certain thoughts and emotions to come to me.
For the most part the artworks that I create are inspired from my emotions and my thoughts. The drawing is also symbolic of beauty and the accent mark if that is the butterfly wing that I incorporated into hair of the figure.
There is also a mystery which is represented by the eye composed within the hair.
This next afro art piece is very similar to the first artwork. The drawing is a lot smaller in scale, but I don’t know if you can really tell. This was done on a 9 x 12 Bristol board drawing paper. I follow the same art direction with a few different changes in the line for this piece.
It is a child of the first artwork that I composed. Unlike the first place I do not have the tears represented in this drawing. I wanted this piece not to be as emotional as the first in to represent more of a free beauty. Eventually that is what led to the title of this piece being called “Afro Beauty”.
African American history and a lot of black heritage history are still unknown. The reason it is unknown is because much of black heritage we’re not scripted and stored his store historically as they were for the Europeans.
Another aspect of the illustration is the stairways I drew in the hair. Stairways are symbolic of a journey and our individual paths. Everyone’s life journey is different and the directions that we go or impacted by our choices and our decisions. The decisions that we make I don’t have a positive or a negative impact on the outcome of our life years ahead.
I really thought about this piece and what it meant to me as an artist. For a while I also debated with the title for the piece. Sometimes I don’t even bother giving the artworks that I create a title because I think it’s too troublesome.
However, I came up with the titles "Beautiful Mind" and “Afro Beauty” because that’s what I thought the artwork expressed to me when I looked at it from a different point of view. I like to take time and step back to look at my own work and try to understand what it mean. This is something that I do often after creating a piece that is deeply symbolic or abstract in its form.
Although I was born as a child and Haiti after coming to the United States my art style have been influenced by American artists. Some of my work in certain ways that I create art has also been influenced by a few others international. However knowing that I am Haitian plays a big role in my vision overall for my art.
There are certain series that I create dead are influenced by black heritage and African culture. An example of this is collective African mask artworks that I also have ongoing as a 100 piece collection. Aside from that I also create art inspired by the things that I simply find appealing like the human heart.
"Dancing Beauty With The Swan"
"Dancing Beauty With The Swan"
This last piece on the page is entitled “Dancing Beauty With The Swan”. This piece is very different then the first ones and it is a lot more simplistic. Our direction for this one is a lot more friendly and fun.
Then spray shin came from music, movement, dance, and nature. Movement is part of our everyday lives. No one sits in one place your entire life. If someone did the rest their entire life then that would be considered abnormal. As people we are constantly moving and I love to watch people dance.
I am not much of a dancer, but I appreciate this art form because it’ll allow others a different way to express themselves. Ballet dancers specifically move graciously whenever they dance. And recently I developed a series of Swan artworks and learn that the swan is also a symbol of grace. This is a simple but symbolic peace all in all.
I will be adding more pieces to this page over time as I create more afro artworks. You can support the series by going to purchase a print through my store on pixels.
My name is Kenal Louis and I love Art. I practice creating a lot of line drawings and digital art. I find inspiration from many sources including my faith, music, fashion, and black culture.
Every day I create a sketch or a drawing to express an idea that I have in mind. I try not to let any ideas sit for too long and do my best to act on them by either creating for drawings or at least small sketches.
I’ve been drawing since I was four years old and 20+ years later I am still doing a lot of drawing. The influences for the artwork that I create are Jean Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Hokusai Katsushika and Jackson Pollock.
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I am always pushing the boundaries of my own imagination whenever I create an artwork. Whether it is a digital painting, traditional painting, or pen and ink drawing, I challenge myself with each creation.Follow me on Instagram @kenallouis to view stories and my most recent works in process and the ones I don't share on the website.
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