Artistry Challenge Week 5: Be Your Own Muse

This week’s activity is as simple as it is powerful.

There’s a rousing poem by Indian-born Canadian poet Rupi Kaur:

i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that

Though we know in theory that we are so much more than our appearances, the reality is we all have days where it’s hard to see past the physical – especially in ourselves. But beauty is there every time we look in the mirror, and if you’ve been having trouble seeing it lately, we have an activity to cure your insecurities. It’s inspired by our new pal Maz Mansfield-Njie, who revealed to us over the weekend that when she’s feeling a bit meh about the way she looks, she takes a nude selfie and then DRAWS IT.

“Sometimes I do the weirdest twists so I can draw all the lumps and bumps,” she explains.

Then, when she stands back and looks at what she’s created, she once again remembers how absolutely fucking fabulous she is.

Draw Yourself(ie)

So that’s what we’re all going to do this week: be our own muses. Take a nude photo of yourself on your phone, and then make art using the image as your stimulus. 

The best part about the female form – and the human body more broadly, gender irrespective – is that it’s goddamn beautiful no matter how it’s illustrated, abstract or otherwise. This means you don’t need to be a Frida Kahlo or a Yayoi Kusama or any sort of wildly successful artist in order to rise to this challenge. If you’re lacking confidence in your ability, try sure-fire ways of drawing that make everything look good: use charcoal on white paper or white pencil on brown paper; draw the picture with your opposite hand, or without looking at the paper, or without taking the pen off the page.

As always, if you’re feeling ballsy, or as we like to say at Anaerkillik, if you’ve got big flap energy, submit your creations to us via hello@anaerkillik.com and we will share them on our website and social media.

Beaut portraits by Maz Mansfield-Njie and Rhianna Phillips.

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