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My name is Ryan James
and I created all the art for
my children s book on my
The pictures in The Tales
of the Forest Guardian are
scary because our folklore is
scary. I didn t want to pull
any punches in my story-
I m an only child, but my
cousins were surrogate sib-
lings. So I was exposed to the
same love, support and mer-
ciless teasing anyone else with
brothers and sisters would
I was so small when we
moved into the house I cur-
rently live in, I could practi-
cally say I was born in West-
moorings. Today, in my head,
I live miles away. But, phys-
ically, for now, I m in the same
My father used to work for a hotel, which gave
us crazy discounts on hotels. So we travelled a lot.
Most places we went, I don t even remember. I wish
I was old enough to appreciate and remember that
trip to London.
I went to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and
Design, Georgia USA). I m hoping one day I can
afford to go back to a school like Cal Arts for ani-
mation or game design for my masters.
I ve been to the US countless times on vacation,
but only the states in the same area: Florida, Georgia,
Alabama. That s pretty sad when I say it like that.
I ve been to a bunch of Caribbean islands, Barbados,
St Thomas, Puerto Rico. But a lot of them were just
one day because they were stops on the cruise I was
on.I ve never "travelled"---i.e., taken a public route
taxi in Trinidad. I ve never needed to. Both my parents
had cars when I was smaller and, when I was old
enough to drive I got mom s old car, because she
had gotten a brand new company car. So, yeah, I m
your typical Westmoorings kid, lol.
As a storyteller myself, I ve come to realise that
all religions are basically just stories that have been
told over and over for many generations. But I think
people who worry about whether the stories are true
are missing the point. Take the
lessons and apply them to your
life, to be a good person. And
that is probably why I still go to
I seriously hope there s an
afterlife, a heaven, or reincarna-
tion or anything like that. The
idea of just switching off scares
the crap out of me.
My favourite colour combi-
nation for painting is cerulean
and orange. I ll put those colours
together every chance I get.
I could play board games with
my closest friends and have
exactly the same amount of fun
as if we were out drinking. Unless
there s pretty girls involved.
One of my favourite comics
is the Wolverine: Origin series.
Such a beautiful and sad story.
Then Hollywood butchered it; I
haven t fully gotten over that
Watching a horror movie with someone who
laughs or jeers at the scary parts is right up there
in my top five list of things that annoy me. Right
below the Wolverine Origins movie.
My favourite writer is Stephen King. He could
write a story on toilet paper about Santa Claus and
I d probably buy it.
I ll never get tired of eating burgers. Fast food
burgers, local street burgers, gourmet burgers that
cost $80 up, all of em.
If you can draw or paint and want to enter the
art field, then just keep drawing or painting or what-
ever it is you do. Take art classes but practice on
your own everyday. Eat, sleep and breathe practice.
Enter competitions, send your work to art magazines,
get a Web site, start a blog. What they taught us in
college is: "It is not the talented ones who make it
the furthest, it is the ones with the most passion!"
The best part of the job is drawing and mak-
ing pictures for a living! It s a paid hobby! The
worst part is figuring out how to switch off.
Even when I m out socialising, I m downloading
images I see around me into my head. A close
second worst thing is people thinking that,
because you enjoy your work and it comes natu-
rally, you deserve to be paid less.
A Trini is what you want to have at least one of
in your car/boat/plane when seeking adventure.
Everyone should have at least one Trini friend.
Trinidad is what I take with me when I leave to
go somewhere else. And its what I broadcast when
I arrive there.
Have car, won't travel
TRINI TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
"I could play board games with my closest friends and have exactly the same
amount of fun as if we were out drinking. Unless there's pretty girls involved."
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