This past December illustrator Musonda Kabwe challenged himself to complete 30 character impressions of his Facebook friends. Towards the start of the project each portrait took him between 7 and 10 hours to complete without any colouring. Once he’d gained momentum, he was producing up to 5 illustrations per day at around 2 hours a piece. Musonda used a Wacom tablet to create the impressions in the style of tonal pencil or pen drawings, which feel a bit like fashion illustrations.
Speaking about his ‘Character Calendar’ series, Musonda says, “The project was really a spur of the moment decision. I wanted to streamline my illustration process and consolidate an illustrative style, but I just needed a method that would keep me engaged and motivated for the full month.”
See more of Musonda’s work on Behance.