Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson - student project

I love drawing portraits, but mine tend to be detailed and painted by hand. I really enjoyed Andrea's use of decorative pattern and limited flat color so wanted to see what I could do with those elements while remaining true to my own style. I was also intrigued by trying to stylize the features without any color gradation.

Here's my initial ink drawing of Rachel Carson, environmental pioneer.Rachel Carson - image 1 - student project

And here's the finished piece, colored in Illustrator

Rachel Carson - image 2 - student project

I played around with the color quite a bit and I'm not sure I've got it quite where I want it yet, but this was an enjoyably challenging project.

Alison Kolesar
Artist and Illustrator