Redrawing Black History

Redrawing Black History class illustrations by Jeni Paltiel

In January 2022 I took the excellent Make Art That Sells class “Redrawing Black History,” taught by Tamisha Anthony. This class was such a great introduction not just to drawing recognizable people, but to some amazing and often forgotten women from different eras, their art and the forces that shaped them. I worked in a consistent style and color palette for all four illustrations, incorporating hand-lettering, items that were significant to the artist and details evocative of the artist’s signature style into each piece.

Clockwise from top left: Edmonia Lewis, Gwendolyn Bennett, Betye Saar and Elizabeth Catlett.