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Me and my parrots - Tribute to Frida Kahlo

Vector illustration and 2D animation project dedicated to one of the most iconic muses in art history – painter Frida Kahlo. As we all know, she was her own muse, being a symbol of feminism.

My aim was to redraw in a personal manner one of her notorious self-portraits, Me and my parrots, painted in 1941, mixing modern and vintage aesthetics: flat colour, block shading, an elegant inking, grain textures, realistic and stylized shapes. The original masterpiece is kept in Harold Stream collection, New Orleans, U.S.A.

For my interpretation of Frida’s masterpiece, I felt inspired by the Mexican culture, with its bold and joyful colours and decorative elements. I chose to depict the subject and her excentric birds on a tropical landscape, as you can see banana leaves behind them. The sun is one of the most beloved symbols I like to use in my illustrations, and it was suited to highlight this bright and bold composition.

The project was featured on Adobe Live Re-Work it 1/2 and Re-work it 2/2

Vector illustration created in Adobe Illustrator, on Wacom Cintiq and animated in Adobe After Effects.

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