The 80’s X-Men were the best! This is my first attempt at drawing with solely pencil, ink and markers in quite a long time. I’ve been exclusively using a Cintiq for the last several years for my drawing. There are a lot of flaws that I normally would have cleaned up and fixed had I worked digitally. It was a lot of fun, but I think I want to approach some of the rendering a little differently in the future.
In 1942, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) launched an all-out “war on crime” that systematically ended up targeting Chicana/o youth. Under such conditions & despite lack of evidence on August 1942, 22 Chicanos were arrested & charged with murder in what is known as the Sleepy Lagoon Case. Forgotten in history is the fact that Chicanas were also arrested. Dora Barrios, Frances Silva, and Lorena Encinas (pictured) were initially arrested & a total of 8 Chicanas were charged by the juvenile court system with the crime of “rioting” thus declaring the girls wards of the state & sent to the Ventura School for Girls. Even after the case was dismissed & the boys freed, the girls remained in the system until they turned 21.