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by Nemonie Cassells
Jamaicans, boy! Wi talented bad, bad, bad (We’re super talented)!
I believe we are a nation born to wow and amaze. We are a nation of natural and raw talent. A nation of people who are born entertainers, athletes and artists!
We’ve proven ourselves as musicians, athletes, artistes, actors, dancers, writers and our culinary skills are simply top tier, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise, that when we put pencil or charcoal to paper, we create magic! Talk about "wi likkle but wi tallawah!".
If you ever get the chance to walk in one of our towns, for example, Montego Bay City streets or even in the central city of Kingston, you may see an artist or two, sketching a portrait of someone ever so often.
These artists walk about with their sketch pad and offer to draw a picture of an individual for a small fee. Their ability to capture someone’s likeness is uncanny and pretty amazing. You would really be surprised by the amazing results.
This is why I believe that more light should be shined, and interest should be taken to highlight and encourage these talents. The playing field for artists here on the Island is narrow, and there isn’t a big demand for artists that draw.
Therefore there isn’t a lot of opportunity to earn a decent income off drawings alone, well at the moment. I believe however, that if one is really passionate about this form of art , then one should make the sacrifices and go for it!
The Edna Manley School of Performing Arts, is a prestigious art school here in Jamaica, but even with this noble institution, our society on a whole, does not place great emphasis or give much encouragement to furthering one’s artistic skills.
I believe it is this lack of boosting and appreciation, that result in a lot of wasted talents, with hundreds of sketches/drawing being locked away in a sketch pad, with a million and one other sketch pads on top of it , gathering dust somewhere in a closet.
All is not lost however, because with technology advancing, more persons in Jamaica, who are passionate about drawing , are putting themselves and their artistic abilities out there!
Here are two Jamaican artists who used the world wide web as another means to promote and showcase their skills with pencil and charcoal!
I am sure there are many more, very talented persons here in Jamaica that are equally great at drawing, whether portraits or doodling.
And I’m pretty sure that with social media on the rise, they will have an even bigger platform to showcase their remarkable talents – well that’s my dream.
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