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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Jolene Forlee

I was raised from the ‘typical’ Chinese family where you needed to be the ‘perfect’ child. No room for failure. I am from Kimberley, a small city where I could never fit in and felt silently judged every time.  

Back in my Matric year, I had a huge struggle in choosing what I wanted to do. I wanted to blog but had no idea on what. I liked fashion but was not trendy enough. I liked playing music but couldn’t make interesting tunes. I liked drawing but was too strict and sane. There were so many things I wanted to do but I just never felt good enough for anything.

So, I decided to study Architecture. Something that needed creativity but a little structure. I was then scouted by a fashion photographer and we had a shoot. It was one of the most exciting things that I had ever experienced! This introduced me to the world of modelling and photography, something I wanted to keep doing.

I filled my free time, as an Architecture student in Johannesburg, going to photo shoots, building my portfolio. I got discouraged for the past 2 years after being rejected from an audition and an agency. What brought me back was through a tragic hijacking incident. This made me realise that I was completely alone and had no support. I started blogging and filling my weekends with photo shoots, visiting galleries, modelling for events, creating events and going to events with strangers. It kept me occupied, numbing that pain inside, and building my so called success as a freelance model.

I am constantly wanting to expose myself to new experiences. I support and encourage those around me because I know how tough it is being alone. I believe that if you want something, you need to make it happen. I grab those opportunities that come my way weather it’s in my comfort zone or not. That is what makes me grow, pushing that tiny fear of mine and trying to not care at all.

Instagram @jolenef245

Photographer: Kharla Rose Williams (ig: @Kharlarosephotography)

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