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PROW project: Mary Somerville

Still having fun drawing admirable women. Here is my favourite illustration so far of Mary Somerville, from Scotland, who translated several scientific texts into English at a time.

MarySomerville

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Illustration Friday: Outside

It is forever since I have updated and while I generally don’t believe making excuses is a good habit, i actually have a brilliant excuse. I no longer have regular access to a scanner. however I come to you today with an update!

 

I thought I would upload a quick little sketch of one of my favourite outdoor spaces, the Southbank in London. I adore London and espeically the Southbank is an area I love to visit and walk, especially in the evening after a day out in London. Its typically where I my family ends up after a day out.

 

Hope you enjoy it and think about what some of your favourite outdoor spaces are.

 

Southbank

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Illustration Friday: Wish

Here is my quick little illustration for ‘wish’. Style influenced by my current PROW: Positive Representation Of Women project. Theme influenced by the end of summer, beginning of autumn. Autumn is my favourite time of year.

 

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Official Introduction to PROW: Jane Austen

So on my website for PROW: Positive Representation Of Women I had a small blog. However I have decided I don’t have the time to run it the way I want to, so this is the first post I posted on it which was the official introduction to PROW that I wrote to act as an extension of the ‘About’ page. You also get my illustration of Jane Austen this week.

 

JaneAusten

 

Initially this project began because I decided that my younger sister needed to read books with strong female protagonists. There are many resources on the internet to find them. My favourite is a website called ‘A Mighty Girl’ who has been my main navigation in the world of literature for young girls with strong female leads. It is very easy to search, you can get it to narrow it down by reccomended age, by prize winners, genre etc. Essentially I wanted my younger sister to read about girls and women who went out and did stuff, not females who either sat around and waited for the guy, or was the guy’s sidekick.

So I ensured we got some of these books for her birthday. We started off with three novels for the 9-12 age group. ‘The Girl who Circumnavitaged Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making’ (I adore the title), ‘Goth Girl’ and ‘The Spindlers’.

She loved them. I read them, and I loved them. In fact, ‘The Girl who Circumnavitaged Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making’ is firmly on my list of favourite books. It is a beautiful whimsical book. And they all had strong female main characters. I have since bought my younger sister a wide variety of books with strong female main characters.

I wanted to illustrate some of these characters to frame on my sisters wall. I began by drawing Theodosia, September and Liza who I all loved. (I think my favourite is Theodosia, because she lives in a museum and I work with museums because I love them). However for quite a while I’ve also been working on injecting some real-life female heros and role models into my sisters life. I decided to expand the project and draw real women as well who I wanted her to take as her role models.

Now I must admit that one of my fictional heroes is Hermione Granger. Ever since I was twelve and was given my first Harry Potter book by my grandfather, I have related to her. Probably because just like her I was a dark blonde, bushy-haired, large teeth, know-it-all. And Hermione Granger made that okay. I could go on about Hermione and me, but I think that will have to be another blog post. The point is I always admired her for founding SPEW. I tried to figure out a way I could use SPEW, but couldn’t think of any relevant S-words, so I ended up with PROW. Postive Representation Of Women. Like the ‘prow’ of a ship I hope that this work will go forward, be visible and make a difference in how we think of representation of women.

The aim of this project is therefore to illustrate women, both fictional and real, in all of their strengths and beauties. I have also aimed for a very symbolic illustrative style, the objects that surround the women are objects that I relate to them. I hope you enjoy them and learn about some new female heroes and gain some new female role models.

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Illustration Friday: Radio

So I’m trying to get better at drawing men. Which is not working out all that well in my opinion. But I tell myself that if I keep working on it I’ll get there. I struggle with the body proportions. So I’ve kind of cheated on this one by giving him a baggy jacket. Yep, cheating. Hope you like it. I promise to put in more effort next week.

 

radio

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Illustration Friday: Skull

I must admit that it has been forever since I last did a piece for Illustration Friday. My Masters course has had first priority this year and hasn’t really left room for much else in the way of commitments or hobbies.

But when this weeks theme came up am was ‘skull’ I figured I could do with a creative break from working on my thesis.

Skulls always instantaneously make me think of Hamlet. Hamlet was one of my A-level English Literature pieces. I must admit prior to taking English Literature I had had read Shakespeare, but predominantly his histories and comedies. I’m not really one for tragedies. In any genre or medium. Its just not very entertaining in my opinion. But I think its hard not to fall in love with Hamlet after all. Though I must admit I don’t particularly like Hamlet himself, but I adore Horatio, he is one of my absolutely favourite Shakespeare characters.

What few people know is that Shakespeare actually based Hamlet on a read Danish legend about a man named Amleth who’s life pretty much panned out the way it does in Shakespeare’s plot, except along the way he defeats the English and marries both the English princess and a Scottish queen and he’s not killed with poison or daggers or any of that jazz, but in a battle upon arriving home to Denmark with both his wives.

Needless to say, being Danish, I think the original Amleth is way cooler. So I’ve drawn Amleth rather than Hamlet (though they are essentially the same person). Outfit is loosely based on early medieval/viking outfits. I had fun using some sketching pencils as well which I don’t typically use but people keep giving to me as Christmas presents. 😛 Its an advantage that I needed to practise drawing men anyway, I’m so much more comfortable drawing women. I did consider gender bending, but that will have to be a later project. Also edited the background in GIMP.

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Illustration Friday: Secret

Not quite happy with this one, the proportions don’t seen quite right, but Iwas trying some new things. Also thought I’d use some colour this week. 🙂

secret

 

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Illustration Friday: Totem

So when I was thinking about totems, it made me think of Patronus’ in Harry Potter, because esentially they’re totems of the characters. My favourite patronus has always been Luna Lovegood’s hare so I decided to draw her with her hare. And then, because I’m obssesed with drawing historic costumes, I found this really pretty outfit, which she’s wearing. I always wondered what my patronus would be…

totem

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