Jake Fruend
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Express Yourself

To promote their Express Yourself Gala and Fashion Show, Nothing Without a Company commissioned a poster featuring artist and queer activist Darling Shear.

Basically, Darling is awesome - she has this transcendent, confident energy - and I wanted to capture those angelic qualities in her portrait.

 

Darling showed up wearing the greatest floral jacket imaginable.

Darling showed up wearing the greatest floral jacket imaginable.

Using the photos, I created a digital outline highlighting some key details, then brought her to life with some brush strokes.

All the fun of a watercolor effect without the mess.

All the fun of a watercolor effect without the mess.

Wanting to stay true to NWaC's hand-made street art aesthetic, I introduced some splashy finishing touches, and the deed was done!

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