Day 21 of #drawingaday : Quentin Blake inspired self-portrait. 📚
I really love the books of Roald Dahl. I love the illustrations by Quentin Blake just a little more. The stories and the art were a perfect marriage, and I think it's because Blake's unique style fits the harsh yet heart-filled content that Dahl created. The dude wrote a book about witches turning a kid into a mouse, and the kid is excited because he gets to die at the same time as his grandma. I mean, it's sweet, but it's also fucking twisted. Which is probably why I reached out for Roald Dahl books more than I did Babysitter's Club.
One of the most haunting images for me is the final illustration of Matilda. The book was my older sister's, and I would sneak into her room to look through her collection. They were more advanced than what I was being allowed to read at school. I remember flipping through her copy of Matilda and landing on the final page. Blake had drawn Miss Honey holding Matilda in her arms, and they're looking towards the reader with blank faces. The text above describes Matilda's biological family driving away after leaving her in Miss Honey's adoptive care, and how the Wormwoods were never seen again. It freaked me out a little back then, the vulnerability of their dot-eyed looks. Now that I'm an adult, I know it's a rare skill to make someone feel like that and I can only hope I can manage that in my own work.
This is the most color I've ever used, and it freaks me out a little bit. However, if I'm going to do something in someone else style, I have to honor their medium and more extensive color palette. 📚
In an age that bombards us with boat loads of perfect bodies and dictates physical perfection (whatever that is), I find it refreshing to be reminded that true beauty is not defined by my body. Every step I‘ve managed on my way through life with Jesus adds beauty to my life. Life leaves marks. There are wrinkles, stretch marks and worn-out flat feet, but they are nearly nothing next to a life fulfilled. When I am old I want to be one of those rare people who are so transformed by Jesus that their radiance pulls others close, not some petulant faded beauty.
Celebrate your life marks, they are reminders of your strength and development! 👊💕