This illustration was part of a group art swap on Instagram recently, with more than 100 artists and illustrators from all over the world taking part. Once a month we were given a theme to create our artwork around, and there was no limit to what medium we could work in or how we interpreted the subject.
For this painting I wanted to create the image of a healer, taking influence from the belief that crystals can be used to bring about change in health and power in a person. The facial tattoos were inspired by the practise called Ta Moko, a Maori tradition of tattooing to honour status and achievements within a tribe. The particular tattoos in this piece were inspired by a real person, whose facial tattoos represented her status as a Medicine Woman.
The final artwork was created using watercolours, acrylics and coloured pencil on Bockingford cold pressed 300gsm paper.