Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was eighteen years old when she was in a terrible traffic accident leaving her with injuries that plagued her health for the rest of her life. From her hospital bed, she learned to draw and paint. Her pain and suffering were subjects she frequently painted into her self-portraits.

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
– Frida Kahlo

Frida was one of my favourite subjects to capture for the “Rock Bottom” series. Partly because of the amount of pretty flowers I was allowed to draw for the illustration, but also because I challenged myself to draw a portrait of Frida without including her signature and loved unibrow. It was also a question of how to draw Frida without making the final outcome look too reminiscent of a Frida Kahlo self-portrait since her own paintings encapsulate many of the same aspects I had to address for my thesis project.

ROCK BOTTOM is a celebration of the now-famous survivors of human tribulation. This series of illustrations depicts “rock bottom” as a place where the successful nurtured their ambition and took risks that eventually propelled them to succeed.