I’ve been thinking and talking about @brownbookworm ’s thread about reviews (which you can find here) and I just really feel the need to up my game and pick up something I used to enjoy which is writing reviews. I already have my trailer review series (which you can find here in the archives) and I will probably be picking that up again as I dip back into trailer watching, but something I want to dedicate more of my time to is reading works by black creators and just talking about them, dissecting them, falling in love, critiquing, and sharing my thoughts. It’s something that’s sorely been lacking on my part and I really want to make a better effort at it. So, with that in mind, I’ll be continuing (or starting in this case) a series where I listen to audiobooks, make art, and write reviews.
The first of these I ever did was for We’ve Got a Job and Brown Girl Dreaming which you can find here. Currently, I’m reading When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (which I am loving) and I’ll pick up more books as I go.
Right now, my audiobooks are limited to what’s available on Overdrive which basically lets you borrow books from your public library. While it’s a great resource, the only caveat is that there are very few audiobooks available (at least in the YA space and definitely in terms of recent titles) that are written by black writers. The good part about it though is that I’ll be able to leave reviews for older titles and more obscure books so at least there’s that!
A brief summary of how this works
I pick an audiobook
Start a drawing
and then hopefully, I will finish that initial drawing before the audio book ends unlike my first attempt which took me 2 audiobooks to finish 1 drawing.
By the halfway point of the audiobook, I’ll start a new drawing based on the book I’m reading. I want to specifically do that because there’s already so little fan art made based off books by black creators so I thought, why not kill two birds and all that jazz.
I’m currently on chapter 1 of When I Was the Greatest and this is the art piece I’m working on now.
It’s a drawing I made from Inktober but never got to post because my computer messed up during that time. While I’m listening to the audiobook, I want to make an illustrated version of this. So far, my thoughts on When I Was the Greatest are that I love the characters and I really don’t want any of them getting hurt. Also, can I pleaze get a Stranger Things remix of this book? THNX.
You can follow my art/reading progress via the #SketchyReviews hashtag and once I finish, I’ll post the final piece and review.