MARTHA, Sunfaced

I was surprised by this series of black, blue and white drawings. I’d been working on a whole nother series, and suddenly, these popped into my brain and demanded release.

I can’t help it. I just keep seeing all these new beings, and have to draw them, before the inner clamor drives me batty.

This is one of the first of the Odd Portraits Series. Critters and humans.

I started them out by doing the underdrawing all in blue against the black. Then I go over it with white, and include areas to radiate the light, leaving out the dark shadows. To make, erm, the shadows.

I like how the blue looks against the black, and the white over all.

And how silly Martha is. I hope this series isn’t all serious and hang-dog — I’d rather laugh a lot.

I guess I’ll see — I really have no idea going in what any series will be like. Sometimes I will do 3 drawings and that’s that — not much of a series, really.

Other times, like this one, I’ll get 12 to 20 images in a flash and it’s all I can do to keep up with them. If Martha sets the tone, I have a feeling this series will be more fun than pain. I sure hope so.

It also remains to be seen what stories each one wants to tell…


Thanks so much for reading this. I hope it lit you up. Or maybe it inspired you, or gave you a new perspective with which to view and appreciate your own life. That’s my wish.


Image: MARTHA, Sunfaced
text and image © Angela Treat Lyon 2021–2

This story is from my book, INSIDE SECRETS, Stories I’ve Never Told Anyone. Volume I. Full color illustrations: all artwork by Angela Treat Lyon.

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