January 4th, 2019

malevich-inspired self portrait

This is a bit more severe than I usually draw myself, but I rather like it. One of those things you send in when people ask for a 'serious author picture'.

This started when I was going through my StudioTeaBreak #PortraitChallenge drawings from the year and picked out one of my favourites, and wondered how I'd look drawn the same way.

This is really just how I make myself laugh.

creating mithila art

I first encountered Mithila Art when I was researching a book I illustrated about the Terai region of Nepal, and came across artwork by women from the Janakpur Women's Development Centre. I later saw a lot more of it on Instagram, based in Bihar, particularly around the town of Madhubani (it's often called Madhubani Painting). Its emphasis on shape and pattern over perspective has always fascinated me; it's a very different way of thinking about making pictures and I love it.

Inspired by Treebeard the Ent, from Lord of the Rings:

Inspired by a scene in the television series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel:

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