Magical BEINGS: Portraits of Artists, Friends + Pioneers: Maya Jane Coles

08Nov15

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Here is Maya Jane Coles, house music DJ and producer from UK.  I adore her music and often draw to it.  One of my series of portraits of magical people, she floats between an anime warrior princess and a classic “caricature” which essentially means a “loaded portrait.”

My starting point for this “loaded mix” was Maya’s chest tattoo of two owls.  A DJ is a “night owl” able to hear the magic of Nocturnal Sunshine, title of one of her releases. Thus her owl ears and wings.

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Then this powerful portrait spoke to me, the gaze like an owl sitting in a tree.

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This is the role of a DJ, like a God-like figure able to soar above into other realms, orchestrate from a “pulpit” and pull down a vibration a crowd will dance to, soar to.

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This idea of Maya’s knob-twisting hands holding puppet strings naturally evolved and I realized it came from one of my favorite Al Hirschfeld drawings from the album cover of My Fair Lady.  I grew up with this album cover, uncanny the UK reference, the LP and DJ connection, not to mention the blossoming effect Maya’s music has on me…

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Maya’s pinkness comes from this portrait:

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Her squat comes from my sketch Smile, I love this kind of landing, as if one just jumped from on high, landing solid on the ground.  Maya joining the Dr. Martens #standforsomething campaign gives her city leaping boots.

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Listen and connect to Maya here.

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My illustration of Maya Jane Coles will be available on my shop, along with many other illustrations already happily here, The Jade Dress Shop.




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