High above a smoky city, a small person gazes at a brightly shining star. Original hand-drawn illustration in graphite pencil and pen/ink, digitally coloured.


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I’m finding the way back home to my old loves of illustration, printmaking, drawing and design, after ages spent working in the crazy haphazard world of dance and theatre. I also design under the name of Scruff, which comes from my longstanding reputation as someone who can’t keep her artwork clean and tidy (luckily, computers came along and saved me from a life of smudgy blobs and fingerprints).

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  • hollyann
    hollyannover 3 years ago

    this is wonderful!!

  • Thank you, Hollyann :)

    – Carla Martell

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joverover 3 years ago

    beautiful and deep in a light and imaginative way

  • Thanks so much, Loui, appreciate it

    – Carla Martell

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kuover 3 years ago

    such an enchanting image

  • Thank you!

    – Carla Martell

  • Teo Zirinis
    Teo Zirinisover 3 years ago

    lovely work!

  • Thank you, Teo :)

    – Carla Martell

  • Donna Huntriss
    Donna Huntrissover 3 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful and poignant!

  • Thanks so much, Donna

    – Carla Martell

  • Anastasiia Kucherenko
    Anastasiia Kuc...over 3 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • Thank you, Anastasiia!

    – Carla Martell

  • KatDoodling
    KatDoodlingover 3 years ago

    I love this – its like a spark of hope in a gloomy world!

  • Thank you – feels like we can do with a few of those at the moment!

    – Carla Martell

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Love the whimsy, congrat’s on your challenge win in Inernational Superheros group!

  • Thanks, Cindy, just found out about the challenge win :)

    – Carla Martell

  • Anastasiia Kucherenko
    Anastasiia Kuc...over 3 years ago

    Congrats on the challenge win!!!

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