Amigos

A drawing requested by a friend of mine. She was planning to print the image on T-shirts for Christmas to give to people she’s befriended in Vietnam – each characters represent one of them. I’ve never met them and discovered that it was easier for me to draw the llama (depicting her) than it was drawing the other two – probably because I had a better feel as to her personality.

3amigos

Fabulous feathers

I’m not sure if it’s designing the tattoo, which has a strong South African reference, or the fact that I’m hoping time flies (yeah) between now and January, when I visit Cape Town, that has me wanting to draw ostriches. It’s been on my mind all weekend. Sadly I was busy procrastinating, so I didn’t get around to drawing one. Today however, I manage to get to it.

ostrich

I then also drew a flamingo, and then another that I coloured.

flamingo

flamingo 2

 

Wonder Woman

It’s been known for a while now that Gal Gadot will be playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. I haven’t really given it a lot of thought, but I do remember being a little disappointed seeing her in the new costume. I really like the costume, but it seems to be wearing her instead of the other way around. I feel that while male actors buff up to play superheroes, actresses are made to look as sexy as possible. Yes, actresses train hard, but I think that Wonder Woman especially needs to have a very athletic physique and look as if she can do some damage to her male counterparts – I mean she does come from an island ruled by women where the standards for beauty are different. Gal’s Wonder Woman looks like Superman is still going to open doors for her.

It wasn’t until this year’s ESPN bodies issue came out, that I really started thinking about it. The female athletes look amazing. They are strong and athletically built, but still very beautiful. So I decided to put the wonder woman costume on one of them. Chantae McMillan‘s sprinting pose seamed perfect. Being a heptathlon athlete, her body speaks of being able to do basically anything.

The costume itself is a mix between the new Wonder Woman costume on display at Comic-Con 2015, the headpiece from the Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated costume and Lara Croft’s mohawk braid.

Side note: Do yourself a favour and read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. No one could make up an origin story like that.

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wonder woman trace

wonder woman line

wonder woman shade

wonder woman gold

Hay Fever

In May I posted a drawing of a flapper girl. A couple of weeks after, I was contacted by Stephen Briggs who asked if he could use it for a poster to promote a Studio Theatre Club production of Noel Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’. I agreed. Today he sent me the final poster design and details.

This is the poster they put together:

Hay Fever poster final

I thank him for contacting me and asking permission to use my image. I’m also grateful to him for sending me design updates and even mailing me a hard copy. I applaud him for creating and perpetuating an artist community where people’s work is respected (not just copied or reposted, as is common practice these days).

If you happen to see this post in time, and you are in the Abingdon, Oxon area, do swing by.