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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Art House Co-Op Sketchbook Exhibit -

Here I celebrate my grandma with 'abuela' sketch - for Animal Crossing: Manimals Sketchbook by marisol diaz abuela complete -for Animal Crossing: Manimals Sketchbook by marisol diaz

The theme/prompt for the up an coming Art House sketchbook exhibit is 'Everyone I know'.

My husband (Gregg Emery) who is also participating in the show has filled his sketchbook with line drawings and gesture drawings inspired by the social network Facebook. Our student, artist Colin Alexander has completed a very painterly sketchbook addressing people, places and things.

Artist and husband Gregg Emery, Student and Artist Colin Alexander, Me with our moleskine sketchbooks for the Art House Sketchbook exhibit

Since I have some very passionate and somewhat philosophical threads of thoughts regarding animals, I decided that I would do everyone I know (or think I know) as an animal. I designed my sketchbook so that the people intimate to me would be first and my social circle would open up to include friends, co-workers and students towards the end. I also made a visual narrative so that the female figure that represents my alter ego slowly goes through a transition of becoming an animal herself.

I didn't even realize (until I was almost done) that I'm also an Animal Crossing/City Folk Wii addict- hence the name of my sketchbook is Animal Crossing:Manimals.

So stayed tuned for the next post - when I will feature excerpts from Gregg and Colin's sketchboks!

Reader Comments (8)

This is so cool. All of you in the same project. I couldn't get any of my family to do it... Last show I convinced a friend to enter, but he didn't submit his. Great work in yours and theirs! I kinda cheated this time. I used a japanese album style moleskine and cut out part of the cover they sent, and glued it on.

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjrt

i loved it so so so so so so so much. honestly the three sketchbooks were all so fantastic. you all ooze of creativity. i hope one day i can produce something equally as inspiring. i honestly like wanted to cry after looking at the two sketchbooks. like they're just like so full of your personality, hardships, and life. it felt like it brought me closer to understanding you better. they were so insightful. everyone will be lucky to even look at them, let alone purchase one. seriously, i mean every work.

also, check out this artist, some of her stuff reminded me of yours. the crows and some of her cartoon style.

February 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisabellawhitney

Hey Lady,

You are involved in the most wonderful things! This is great! I love the whole animal/people view. Very Shaman like! Hope your world is going well! Hugs, chica!

February 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndigene

hey beautiful work and nice job finishing it while working a full time job on the side! you are amazing!!! but who is that gorgeous guy on the side?

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

Lovely work ! Very poetic...

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMam'zelle Roüge

Oh, it´s so great to meet you :)

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCuteBoo

You have some great expressive work here! I love creative people, thanks for visiting my blog!
I saw you had an Etsy shop too - I'm going have to take a lookie:)

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatalina

Beautiful art and a beautiful blog. You are an exceptionally creative person.

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