Redrawing Black History

2 years ago

Redrawing Black History

One of the things I find most inspiring and motivating for my illustration practice is taking part in illustration courses. In January this year, I was so happy to start off a new year with a new MATS course, Redrawing Black History with Lilla & illustrator and teacher Tamisha Anthony.

The course was offered free as Lilla & Tamisha wanted the course to be available to everyone, and there is so much fantastic content in the course that covers four historical periods; the art, fashion, politics, music, literature of the time and then applying all that context to black history and culture in each period.

For my assignments, I created portraits of 4 black women artists, writers, printmakers, poets and activists. I studied art history as part of all my art education, but all of the black women artists were completely new to me – I’m so glad I learnt all about these incredible women, but it’s such a shame that many of their names and works are not better known.

When I was working on these portraits, I wanted to bring in small details, symbols and colours that refer to part of each artist’s story, to give the portrait a fuller view of the person rather than just a simple portrait.

I really recommend this course to artists of any level. It’s such a celebration of incredible art despite the significant obstacles to their creation, and it will leave you feeling inspired. The course is still available to sign up for free at

Chat soon, Rachel 😉



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