DescriptionI often wonder about motherhood and what it means to care for another human being. Like much of my artwork, the style in this drawing was influenced by nouveau (such as the work of Alphonse Mucha) and vintage poster art. I saw an advertisement in a greeting card book that used the colors pistachio and brown and wanted to recreate that color scheme in this drawing. I don't know why I colored the woman's hair purple- it seemed like a nice enough color so I went with it. I also decided to use some pastel colors to give the mother and baby a soft visual appearance. The lettering is a result of my exploration with lines and letting them tell me where they want to go. This was created with Copic markers
Jennifer Johnson, Murfreesboro, TN Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement My name is Jen and I am a freelance illustrator/cartoonist located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Most of my work is influenced by Nouveau art, vintage art posters, Impressionism, Japanese graphic novels and calligraphy. I have been drawing since I was about three or four years old and other than a few art classes in high school and college, I am entirely self taught. My parents were always impressed with my work (of course) and even when my mother was dying of cancer, she still wanted to see what I was currently drawing in my notepad. For a decade afterward, my father continued to push me to pursue art until he too passed away a few years ago. Now I do art for myself, not for my parents, not for my friends, and not for school. I would like for people to see my work and take something away from it, whether it's a new idea, a new perspective, or a new appreciation for a style that they never considered before. My writing is inspired by many different styles such as stream-of-consciousness or understatement. Topics that usually pop up in my work are gender, feminism, humanitarianism, etc. I also try to aspire to zen and Taoism and use their teachings to keep me going. I hope you enjoy my work.