Starting with Malala Yousafzai

I’ve decided to wrestle with my illustration style with another personal project: one that bridges my love of female portraiture and substance. There are so many artists that I enjoy that portray women with a focus on aesthetics; and that’s fine. In fact, I really enjoy their work*. I just can’t seem to be satisfied doing that myself.

Starting with Malala Yousafzai, I’ll be doing portraits of admirable women. Being a mom doesn’t always give me the luxury of free time so the finished product will vary from finished works to quick sketches. The following is about a 30 minute sketch (that equates to three stops by the drawing table after I put my son down). I won’t set a frequency for updates. I will tell you though that these women are deserving of a portrait.












Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and spokesperson for women’s right to education. In retaliation for her high profile campaign for education and criticism of the Taliban, she was shot in the head at close range by a Taliban gunman. She survived the gunshot wound and has become a leading spokesperson for human rights, education and women’s rights. She has received numerous peace awards, and was the youngest person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

* Glenn Arthur, Michael Shapcott, and Audrey Kawasaki to name a few.





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