After a year of progress towards this project being produced, I finally am able to share my "Quiet Girls" Illustration. This illustration was made in the spring of 2019, and it has become one of my favorite illustrations in my portfolio. Here is my Artist Statement for the illustration: Inspired by Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and my previous art series Quiet Girl. Introversion is a type of personality temperament in which there is a preference for solitude and minimally stimulating environments. Only about a third to half of our population are introverts. This piece explores the concept of introversion through connotative terms and features notable female introverts such as J.K. Rowling, Misty Copeland, Audrey Hepburn, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The eight women are supporting my character simply called “Quiet Girl” and helping her embrace her introversion. “Quiet Girl”, is a reflection on myself and how I think and feel as an introvert. While the character is based on my own experience, but also has more universal features; so that the viewer may better understand or even empathize with the subject. The background includes terms that have negative connotations in black and positive terms in color. The purpose of this piece is to help raise awareness of introversion is, and allow female introverts to feel empowered and self-affirmed.
You may find the illustration here: https://www.girlmuseum.org/project/heroines-vi/