Since my phrase was 'melanin abundant,' i wanted to make something that showcased the beauty of darker skin. as soon as I read the phrase, the first thing that came to mind was how darker black skin should be appreciated in the same way lighter black skin is. I always like my art to be fun and colourful, which is why I opted for the bright colours. In addition, I wanted to challenge myself and do something new. the style I created this in isn't what I normally do, but I was happy with the outcome, and it was really fun to do something different. Although I will say, I made two versions, one with an outline and one without, as I couldn't decide which I preferred!...

Initially, I struggled to come up with an idea because 'blackness' is so subjective, and taking pride in one's blackness can look very different for different people. After a while, however, I began looking at imagery that popped up when I searched for phrases like 'black culture,' 'black and proud,' or 'black joy.' A common thing was our hair; although it varies, it's a powerful symbol of our blackness. It's personal to each and every person whilst still being a shared experience. This inspired me to start looking at ways to merge/overlap portraits of black characters in a way that recognised their individuality whilst also portraying their shared pride in their hair. The afro is such an iconic hairstyle when we look back at figures in black history both in the UK and the USA and was, therefore, something I wanted to incorporate into the illustration....

We all have a shared history and a timeline. As I was thinking of ideas for the project, I thought about the time machine in MacOS and how it keeps a record of everything from the past until now, so with the phrase "My History is Now," I wanted to play off that concept....