Illustration Friday: Mother’s Milk

Mother’s Milk, Ink on Paper; © Jennifer Pohl

This word for this Illustration Friday is tranquility. A breast fed baby is a tranquil baby, and the feel-good hormones help to chase the postpartum blues away.

Much of my recent work has involved hundreds of layers of paint and it’s been a while since I’ve done a line drawing, so I took this as a challenge. I set the timer for an hour while I was inking (right before the baby’s bath time, for extra motivation). I remember hearing how Matisse might do a thousand versions of the same line drawing to end up with just one that he was happy with. I’m not sure if that’s an exaggeration, but I’d like to do a few more of this image and experiment with the line weight, as well as colour washes for the shirt and romper. This is the first work I’ve posted that hasn’t already been sold, and I’ll be sending it off to the gallery soon. If anyone is interested, inquiries can be sent to the Christina Parker Gallery.