I remember the very first time I saw Kelis, I was in my brothers room watching the Pepsi Chart Show. The video for Caught Out There was playing and my 8 year old self was absolutely transfixed.

I grabbed for my oil pastels and drew her as soon as the video ended. Ive been a fan of hers ever since.

I was only right for her to be the second artist I made a portrait of. Her was a joy to recreate and I love the colour palette.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

Lyrics from Please Don’t Make Me Cry

For a while, I wanted to make portraits of my favourite musicians. Lianne La Havas is definitely one of them an I’ve been a fan since the beginning.

She recently released her new album and its become a firm favourite of mine. One of those albums where you don’t press skip for a single track.

I really enjoyed creating this piece. Lianne’s hair was the most fun to make!

This portrait will be the first of a series. I have so many more artists to get to work on!

My Self Portrait

Another project I worked on during lockdown is my self portrait. I really enjoyed making it as it’s not often I get to create something for myself to keep.

For reference I used a photo of myself wearing one of my favourite items in my entire wardrobe; a bright orange biker jacket.

I also experimented with a new technique for hair. Rather than cut out one flat piece of paper I wanted to try using multiple layers, just like how my hair is cut in real life. It was a challenge but the end result was better than I could have expected and will definitely be a technique I continue to use going forward.