Posts by Month: May 2016

Ibrahim

Pencil & graphite powder on bristol

Dave KobrenskiArtwork May 11 2016

As part of an ongoing series of portrait drawings that I began during my 2016 trip to Guinea, West Africa, I present to you the latest drawing in the series, titled: Ibrahim et son petit-fils, featuring a friend of mine from a village near Kouroussa. Ibrahim is a friend of mine from a small village in the Kouroussa region of Guinea. Something about him fascinated me. He had an aura of knowing something, or perhaps seeking to know something that was just beyond knowable. His eyes always held a faraway look, but also had a glimmer and a light. He’s lived quite the life, and told me many stories. He left the village when he was younger in search of work, and spent 15 years as a merchant marine, and saw the world…before returning home to the village to be with his family. He was worldly and kind; children always flocked to him. This post is a part of my “Visual Anthropology: West Africa” series, made possible by support from my awesome patrons on Patreon. Ibrahim et son petit-fils 14x17” pencil on bristol by Dave Kobrenski from my series depicting the people and culture of Guinea, West Africa

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La Griotte II

Drawing Process and Tutorial

Dave KobrenskiArtwork May 2 2016

For the Malinké, dancing plays a very important role. Music exists for dancing; in fact the word for song, donkilo, is made up of the root words don (dance) and kilo (to call), so could be loosely translated to “come dance.” The music calls both young and old to participate in a joyful and healthy act of expression and joy. Here, a griotte woman shows her joy for the music at one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year. The drawing below is 14x17” pencil and graphite powder on bristol board, and was a great opportunity to do a portrait study and attempt to capture the personality and joy of a woman dancing in a village in Guinea, West Africa. Below, I outline some thoughts and challenges I encountered along the way. I hope you enjoy and find this useful! This post is a part of my “Visual Anthropology: West Africa” series, made possible by support from my awesome patrons on Patreon. La Griotte II 14x17” pencil on bristol by Dave Kobrenski from my series depicting the people and culture of Guinea, West Africa

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Le Vieux Fermier

Drawing Process and Tutorial

Dave KobrenskiArtwork May 1 2016

In the villages in Guinea, much of daily life revolves around tasks related to subsistence farming. Rice, manioc, sweet potatoes, yams, and many other dietary staples are grown in the village. The work is hard, and it is not uncommon to see both young and old at work in the fields. Here, a man sorts through beans that will be sifted and then pounded with the mortar and pestle, and made into that evening’s stew… Le Vieux Fermier is 14x17” pencil and graphite powder on bristol board, and depicts a farmer in a village in the Kouroussa region of Guinea, not far from the Niger River. This drawing had many challenges, as you will see below. Enjoy! — DK This post is a part of my “Visual Anthropology: West Africa” series, made possible by support from my awesome patrons on Patreon. Le Vieux Fermier 14x17” pencil on bristol by Dave Kobrenski from my series depicting the people and culture of Guinea, West Africa

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