Monstera deliciosa is known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, and my friend asked me to do an illustration featuring the beautiful perforated leaves of this plant.
I got a little carried away, and ended up with something different from what both her and I expected.
This was my draft:
And then I transfered the design to another paper, so here are the twins:
And here is the final art, before framing:
And here is the framed piece, which I gave to my friend today:
As you can see, I was influenced by art nouveau, but applied less detail than that style normally has. I also used a photograph I found on Pinterest as reference for the woman, because anatomy is quite complicated.
Just something I worked on today… I have been told my “hands” are getting better, which is always a very nice complement.
This piece is about letting yourself be what you are, letting your own nature bloom and flourish and take over. We all need to be more sensitive and forgiving with ourselves. It pays off to gently tend to your inner workings until the pieces fall into place and it all comes together.