Capture This Magic Culture
The Unusual, Bizarre, Edgy and Freakish
Interspersed with these moving, sometimes haunting images are splashy, very modern visions of
cars and beautiful young people of both genders. Natural symbols also
can be found in this type of art; you'll see lots of red roses and lush,
crisp greenery, sometimes as the centerpiece of the work and sometimes
as a backdrop.
Just as diverse as the subjects, though, are the forms that Chicano Drawings take. They can be anything from sprawling murals to small but powerful tattoos, portraits
to etchings.So it’s apparent that, when it comes to Chicano artwork,
the sky is the limit. So why not create a splashy, exotic masterpiece
of your own? It's tough to offer any hard and fast rules when it comes
to this creative form, but here are some helpful possibilities for you
Make it exciting. When the viewer looks at a Chicano
composition, he/she expects to see color and flavor. Whatever you
choose to draw, etch it in bold, flowing lines; and if you can add some
extra, brightening touches with a paintbrush or colored pencil, then all
the better. Make your picture come alive with color, contrasts and
Make it meaningful. As Chicano
culture is rich in history, culture and importance, many artists of this
category center their piece around a motto or concept such "Smile now,
cry later," "Chicano Til I Die," or another adage. Sometimes they write
these words at the bottom of the etching; sometimes they just relay
their meaning through images and emblems.
Make it unique. One Chicano work could be a pictorial history of
the people and their culture, complete with representations of Latin
legends and pop culture figures (everyone from revolutionary Che Guevara
to music idol Ricky Martin).
Another could resemble a sleek poster
that would look equally at home in a portrait gallery or an upscale car
Make it yours. No matter how well composed, a Chicano art piece
is nothing without feeling. Whatever you draw, feel free to "draw"
inspiration from your heart and your dreams. Whether you are native to
this culture or just a student of its finer points, you can make any
Chicano drawing a thing of true beauty.
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