I decided to do an ‘editorial’ style illustration about this issue as a personal project because of how much I admire these gutsy women and their ability to invigorate the gender debate. My approach was to feature Beth, a book and some young female fans in a fun way and hopefully tell the story of a football star leading the way for young girls to achieve their dreams.
Thumb-nailing Some Inspiring Football Woman IdeasI start with some footballing thumbnails. Here they are, done in charcoal really rough and sketchy just to give an idea of how the concept would work:
My Selected ThumbnailI selected this thumbnail because it is a nice ‘action shot’ with the book as the focal image. I like the inclusion of young girls who might be inspired by Beth’s success.
Inspiring Football Woman LineworkHere is the linework I created from that thumbnail.
Football Woman Editorial IllustrationHere is the final piece with colour. I love that it is so bright and bold. I decided to render it graphically using Affinity Design (vector based) as I thought clean lines would work best for this illustration.
I hope you enjoyed my take on the success of Beth Mead and the Lionesses. Here is the book she wrote Lioness; I must have I have not read it … yet! Hugs, Ceri xx