By Haikeem Stokes
The awesome artist Nigel Carrington was born and raised in magnificent Trinidad and Tobago which is a dual island in the Caribbean, located between Grenada and Venezuela. Although Nigel presently lives in Rochester, New York, Trinidad, and Tobago forever reside in his heart.
As an adolescent, Nigel was naturally drawn to drawing. He loved the authenticity of utilizing a pencil, the feel of sketch paper, the smell of graphite, and the sound of a traveling pencil were very blissful. Once it became second nature he began to draw extensively. He and his friends would enhance each other’s skills by challenging one another to be extremely detailed in their depictions.
He said these intense sessions are what keep his talents sharp to this very day. He shared that once he asked his uncle, who was an extremely talented artist, to sketch him a drawing of a particular comic strip. After waiting for several weeks, young Nigel decided to attempt it himself. And through those trials and errors, Mr. Carrington became enthralled with comic book art and cartoon drawing.
During his early twenties, Nigel moved to New York and began the mission of becoming a successful comic book illustrator. While interning for several reputable comic book publications, it occurred to him that his talents would be best served by becoming an independent illustrative creator. After freelancing, networking, and collaborating with other talented artists, Nigel developed his own brand, “Starr Skills Universe” which showcases all his pursuits in one place.
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Bard Fiction Prize. Restrictions: Open to a writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. Genre: Published fiction book. Prize: $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College. Deadline: June 15, 2022.
Towson University Prize for Literature. Restrictions: Open to Maryland writers. Genre: Book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, drama or imaginative non-fiction. The work must have been published within the three years prior to the year of nomination or must be scheduled for publication within the year in which nominated. Self-published works will not be considered. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: June 15, 2022 (?) See nomination form HERE.
Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships. Restrictions: Open to writers who have lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: June 16, 2022.
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