Hi! I am Catalino, or "Lino," for short. I am a jack-of-all-trades in perpetual training and knight of infinite faith. I aspire to learn and experience as much as I possibly can. I have a special interest in foreign languages, an insatiable appetite for travel, and a healthy drive for self-improvement. I am from New Jersey, but I have called other places "home." In my spare time, I explore and write. Thanks for visiting my corner of the Internet where I share my words and photos!
Yay! I am finally pushing myself to draw what I am not familiar with. In this particular case, I challenged myself to create an abandoned storefront. I liked the piece much more before I started to color it with low-grade colored pencils and oil crayons. Plus, the coloring job is a bit shoddy--which was both intentional and unintentional since I wanted to finish off the piece by quickly adding an aged and weather-beaten look to the eel house before calling it a night. All in all, though, I am very happy with this piece.
So, I have been making a lot of art recently. I have a long to-do list for this summer, so I am trying to get in as much time as I can for leisurely activities before I need to buckle down to accomplish everything that I need to by the end of June--that is my own personal deadline. Last night, I decided to draw a close friend's cat. I have never really drawn anything non-human before, unless you count all of the comic book characters that I used to draw as a young boy; so, I was really surprised by how well this first attempt at drawing an animal turned out. Of course, the actual cat is much cuter in real life, but I wanted to add some character and drama to the drawing; that is why I opted to give the cat a look of fear and puzzlement. I call this piece "Young Samuel," which is one of the actual cat's nicknames. :-)
Eek! I finally mustered the courage to draw a self-portrait. I have drawn myself once or twice before, but I did so years ago when I was still a teenager. So, I figured that it was due time to draw a more recent version of myself. I think that I did a pretty decent job at encapsulating who I am in 2016. I sort of look like what Ernie from "Sesame Street" would look like if he had some Asian ancestry. ;-)
So, now that I am back home in New Jersey for the summer, I have made a point to reconnect with some of my old friends. I was recently invited to an old college friend's birthday party in Brooklyn. I decided to draw my friend a picture of herself--a picture that she chose, of course. This is the final product. I am quite pleased with it. I even remembered that purple is her favorite color, so I colored the background different shades of purple and violet. My friend appreciated the gift, so I can confidently call this drawing a success, then.
This is my latest creation. I drew it for a very close friend of mine as one of his birthday presents. I used a selfie that he took as my inspiration. But I took the liberty of choosing different colors for his outfit; his actual outfit consisted of a black long-sleeve shirt and a gray cardigan. I wanted the piece to be much more colorful and special, so I opted to use purple, black, red, and yellow, instead. For better or worse, I subconsciously selected colors from the "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" cartoon show. ;-)
Going back home always gives me the opportunity to reset and recharge. Sometimes, I need to take a break from the daily grind, so I can reflect on who I am and what I want. Here is to taking advantage of my summer break to learn and grow. :-)