drawings in Hollands Diep magazine - May 2011 issue

I did another commission for Hollands Diep, the ambitious and wonderfully designed arts and culture magazine from the Netherlands.

Clockwise from top left: cover; spot drawing in the table of contents; full spread.

The article was about a Mao-themed restaurant:

I don't usually draw or paint actual people, but I felt I needed to include a recognizable image of the iconic Mao for this. I found one of the more well-known images of the controversial Chinese leader (similar to the one Andy Warhol used), manipulated it in Photoshop until all colour was removed and all that was left were black and white areas, printed it out, traced the outlines on watercolour paper and got to work with a brush. See my painting of Mao uncropped.