Queen of the Bees
My Illustration II class got the opportunity to go see "A Circus Family: Picasso to Leger" at the BMA before spring break. The exhibit was worth every dollar--I have always taken an interest in Picasso's paintings and studies of circus people, and it was amazing to see some Toulouse-Lautrec prints in living color. I wasted no time filling my sketchbook with studies of the posters--their strong compositions and energetic layouts will be sure to inspire me in future Illustration assignments. For our "circus portrait" project in Illustration II, we were to depict a well-known celebrity as a circus performer (acrobat, lion tamer, ringmaster, etc) that somehow related to their image or persona in the real world. I was inspired by Amy Winehouse's towering hairdo, and so she became a circus freak known as "Queen of the Bees." (it was between her and Mary-Kate Olsen as the Incredible Shrinking Woman) As always, click for a larger view!