Per special request, my next theme sprint will be Herstory Portraits. I believe her words were, “I need a set of herstory portrait pillows.” A while back I was commissioned a poster of badass ladies for a nursery for a brand new little girl. I really enjoyed doing it, but wanted to do another set of them that felt more consistent in my creation process. Several of the portraits I’m going to do will be the same badass ladies in this new style.
I started today with the wonderful Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.
The style I’m going for is a screenprint style, extremely minimal color palettes, with halftone shadowing, and a strong block color for the background.
Ideally, I’d love to do these with no label, but I do think a few of them will not be immediately recognized, especially since I want to include some forgotten superheroes of science in my portraits. Since I want them to operate as a set, I will put labels on them all.
Here she is on Redbubble!