Sunday, 13 March 2011

Marianne Faithfull: on Illustration Rally

In this drawing I wanted to try and make some kind of comment about the relationship between our older and younger selves:


It was done for Illustration Rally - a brilliant, dynamic supporter of new illustration by providing a constant succession of open briefs around a theme. This was a 'Portrait Rally' with the final shortlist being Bjork, David Lynch, Marianne Faithfull and Nick Cave.

Marianne Faithfull was actually my suggestion, as I happened to be listening to an interview with her at the time - her intriguingly titled new album 'Horses and High Heels' was about to be released.

With such a long career and varied presence (including her appearance), it was difficult to narrow down to one era of her life. I began with the younger Marianne, then sketched the older one - thinking a lot about the eventual dynamic between the two.
I quite like the way the younger Marianne is at this moment turning towards us in a quite an innocently inviting way, but is also of course heading towards her older self ... who is, I feel, watching over her with wisdom, concern and compassion.

2 comments:

  1. Gilly, this is just wonderful, love every single line.
    xxxx

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  2. Oh thank you so much! It's nice just to draw, plain and simple, sometimes x

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