I have been playing Adobe Illustrator teaching myself how to turn some of my sketches into digital illustrations.. This one of my projects!
I really like how it came out even though there’s a lot of improvement that can still be done on it. I recently asked my fan followers to help me give her a name and the winner would receive a free 12×16 poster of her.
One of the participants submitted the name Princess Simran. She went on to explain the meaning of the name Simran; it means princess/love of life. I immediately liked the name; however, the meaning of it resonated with me and I felt the names and it’s meaning was quite fitting for my art piece.
I LOVE abstract art! Why? I love because I end up seeing things that you can see initially! That this background that I created last week for instance. When I first created this background I was doing it intuitively…I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it.
There was no ‘real’ reason I chose the colors that I did either! The following day, I across it while flipping through my art journal, and as soon as my eyes made contact with the page, I saw an entire figure right smack dead center!
I got very excited to see this figure and began outlining the shape lightly with pencil. I let it sit for a couple more days and then decided I wanted to paint her black instead of my usual skin tone types. I so happy that I made that choice!
This is the story behind the making of my Abstract African Queen!