I haven’t uploaded a sketchbook page in a while. Here are some sketches of me working through ideas for the Mary Toft portrait.
Portrait of Mary Toft, 2013. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 8”x10”.
Mary Toft seemed like a fitting historical figure for an Easter Sunday falling on the last day of Women’s History Month. A poor resident of the English countryside in the Eighteenth-Century, Toft began a hoax that convinced people she was giving birth to rabbits. If you’re wondering how she pulled it off, it involved her putting baby rabbits into her, um, well—actually, I’ll let you look it up yourself. I first learned about Mary Toft from the wonderful Baby Geniuses Podcast, and The Awl has a great article about her.
Mary Toft, everybody! This is my first finished piece for the Quickdraw Collective and i hope you like it.
Rabbit, 2013. Ink on paper, 3”x3”.