Drawing on Emotion with @literaluis
For more of Luis’s sketches, follow @literaluis on Instagram.
"I’ve been doodling since I can remember. At times, it even becomes a totally unconscious act. No blank sheet of paper is safe with me as long as there’s a pen or pencil around,” says 17-year-old Mexico sketch artist and dancer Luis Ruiz (@literaluis). Luis characterizes his style as cartoon-like and says he never intends for his characters to really resemble the subject. “The relevance I see in them doesn’t lie in who they are, but what they would say if they were able to speak,” he explains.
Luis finds creative inspiration from listening to others. “My favorite things to sketch are portraits because of how much they reveal about a being or a person: a nostalgic gaze, lips sealed as if they had something important to say, even the way hair is styled. The possibilities are endless.” Relating to his subjects is also a part of Luis’s creative process. He explains, “I enjoy seeing the contrast between my characters’ portraits and my own. By standing next to them, I am reminded that they are a part of me and that their feelings were once my own. Nowadays everyone is eager to share their own story, however only a few are keen to listen. Listening to someone else makes you realize how human we all truly are and how our emotions aren’t as alienated as we may portray them.”
On Assignment across Africa with @glennagordon
To see more photos and videos from photojournalist Glenna Gordon’s work in Nigeria, Liberia and across Africa, follow @glennagordon on Instagram.
"I love the informality of Instagram," says photojournalist Glenna Gordon (@glennagordon), who shares photos while on assignment across Africa. “It started as a scrapbook for me, and in some sense it still is: it’s a record of where I’ve been and what I’m working on.”
Glenna recently wrapped up an assignment in Nigeria and began a new one in Ghana. Senegal and Liberia are next.
"I never planned to be a photographer," Glenna explains. "I always wanted to be a writer." When journalism school proved uninspiring, however, Glenna visited her brother who was working in Rwanda. Working in such a different context "was the opposite of journalism school and I loved everything about it immediately." Soon after, Glenna moved to Uganda and began writing. Over time, she says, "I felt myself more and more pulled towards photography," which she now does almost exclusively.
Glenna seeks to present a more nuanced view of Africa. “I hope people see contrasts among places, and the moments in between. I hope they see individuals rather than groups, and individuals within groups, to make it harder to generalize and say, ‘Africa is this,’ or ‘Africa is that.’”
A look back at my most favored photos from 2013. #gallery #explore #memostatigram #instagramvideo #followme #videography #statigram #nofilter
34th Street in Baltimore
I’m going to be prepared for next year. 😊
#insta_america #explore #exks_christmas #willowfilter #decorations #34thStreet #Maryland #Baltimore #nightshot #igersusa #igersgallery #bnw_captures #bwoftheday #bw_shotz #bwsquare #instamood #au_bnw #clubsocial #contestgram #capture_today (at Miracle on 34th Street 2013)
This is a video of an artist’s work, which is created by Erika (Doucesse). She is a professional Italian artist and focuses mostly on digital manipulations.
You can visit her art gallery on deviantart.com link.