The subjects of Mbali Tshabalala’s illustrations are familiar and faceless. They emit a strange, ubiquitous feeling created by social media, like the sensation of passing someone in the street feeling unsure whether your follow each other on Instagram, have ever greeted, had a conversation or if you’re just mistaking them for their doppelganger.
“Female Energy as I believe it to be, is one of the most powerful forces of nature that we can all embrace and draw strength from,” explains the illustrator. “But instead, we live in a world driven by instant gratification which inhibits us from fully appreciating it.”
Like many other kids in primary school, he enjoyed reading comics, watching cartoons and anime, and would try to draw his favourite characters. Now Mbali illustrates people on Instagram whose feeds emit an energy of self-love and appreciation. Impressively, he only started using Adobe Illustrator Draw last year.
See Mbali’s work below and follow him on Instagram.