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Carrie/Leia

The only way I know to honour my heroes is to draw them.  Carrie Fisher has been a hero of mine since Princess Leia first appeared on the movie screen blasting her way off the Death Star. She was a new kind of hero for a new generation of young women – but it was Carrie Fisher who I was interested in as much as Leia. As I struggled personally with my own mental health issues I grew to admire enormously this woman who had the courage to speak openly about her personal battles with drugs and mental health, often while dealing with a hostile media, long before it became fashionable for celebrities to admit to having such issues.

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge movie fan but I am, above all, a Star Wars fan. So this portrait was drawn with deep affection for a huge star. Carrie Fisher wanted it reported in her obituary that she died “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra”. Consider that wish fulfilled here as well as by a million other obit writers.  If anyone deserves their place amongst the stars she does.

Today’s face: Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia, inspired by Star Wars. Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

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