5 hours ago
"Black Plumeria": ink, pencil and charcoal by yours truly.
Last summer I had a revelation about plumerias that really changed my lifeA thing I noticed about plumerias is the best time to smell plumerias is at night. For as long as I can remember my mom has always had a plumeria plant, and when I come home the smell is like a "welcome back" And it occurred to me: plumerias are night flowers. Even if you cant see them they still create beauty in the form of a very unique perfume. I got the idea for this drawing through a haiku I wrote
Plumerias go really well with my portraits. When I draw girls for my pieces I strive to use a lot of Tongan elements such as teunga ta'olunga (Tongan dancer costume), tapa symbols, etc. I'm really happy with the drawing style I'm creating for myself and I'm grateful for my culture which lends so much unique and beautiful things for me to incorporate into my art.
But anyways, this is the first piece I've produced that I'm really happy with in a very long time and I dont think its coicindence it occurred not long after I finally decided to embrace the fact that God created me to be an artist and that me being Tongan is no accident at all
Please share your thoughts! I'd love to know what you think and any suggestions 🙏🙏