Tag: illustration

Embrace

This year has sparked such personal growth in not just my life, but in my work as well. Especially in the projects and collaborations that I accept and pour my heart into. Last year my illustrations revolved around taking a rape survivor and attempting to transform the way she viewed her body through photography and artworks. It was such an intimate process and it’s one of my biggest passions in life. To be able to use my art platform to initiate honest, raw conversations not just between women in general, but to those secret conversations taking place in our minds as well.

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Workshop | Styling by Matanna Katz

  Another first for my workshops! I approached the obscenely talented Matanna Katz of Ethereal Bound Journal to lead a styling hour at my Ink + Foil workshop. Styling is something I have been working on especially in the last year and it was truly exceptional to see the difference between the photographs the attendees took during the workshop compared to the photographs during the styling hour. Drawings, or anything else for that matter, are elevated with a thoughtful approach to props and natural lighting.

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Ink + Foil Workshop

Finally had some time to go through all of the photographs and share it with you all. This workshop was my very first one where I was in charge of everything. It was a daunting task, but I wanted to really focus on what I would personally want to attend and work from there. The idea was to create a space for people to not only learn about drawing, but to connect with someone new and celebrate our wonderfully talented female creatives in South Africa.

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Berlin Exhibition

What an unbelievable privilege to travel all the way to Berlin to share my latest project through Urban Noun at Level EIGHT in the German burrow of Mitte. As a contemporary illustrator it is important for me to step away from commissioned originals every now and then in order to address tough issues we are experiencing in our country.

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Secular Journey

I am thrilled to reveal the first artwork for my latest collection on Women’s Day that will be exhibited in New York and Berlin. I have entitled it “the f word” for the fierce females that will form part of my project. My first muse, Michelle Hattingh, author of “I’m the girl who was raped” discusses her journey of healing after she was violently raped in South Africa. The journey of healing is secular. She has ups and downs and is constantly striving to improve her body image. My main goal was to show her how truly beautiful she is, in all of her imperfections.

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Bridal Party Stationery

Long before I even dreamed of becoming an illustrator I used to gift drawings to my loved ones. It is my love language and the most vulnerable and authentic way that I express my love to them. During the beautiful struggle of making ends meet – the joy of pursuing a career in the art industry – these cards were all I had to spoil my beloved friends.

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27.03.2017

I wrote something exceptionally raw earlier this year. It was a beautifully strange experience and I sent it to one friend, my lover and my parents. I could not share it with anyone else. It was filled with too much anxiety, ranting and I was too vulnerable to bleed out for the world to see.

But it sparked an incredible change within myself and in my art and I am now ready to open up about it with true peace in my heart. This is who I am and I will not be ashamed.

Life is not always rainbows and butterflies and I am learning to accept and celebrate both the good and the bad.

At least I am trying. Growing.

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Secret Doodles

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat – or in film’s case ‘run on’ – manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”- Andy Warhol
Over the last three months I have been working on a secret doodle project with Fuze Tea celebrating summer with the launch of their new flavor. When they approached me with the idea I wanted to stay true to myself and I came up with the idea of hiding twelve secret doodles across the country for unsuspecting strangers to discover. Random acts of kindness go a long way and if I brightened up even one person’s day with these tiny original drawings it would be worth it for me. I drew inspiration from the leading figure in the 1960’s Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol, and modernized his famous Campbell Soup silkscreen experiments. Pop Art explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising and I felt that this exploration would be quite interesting in the modern age of social media.

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Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.

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