#WorkingOutLoud Illustrating ‘The Humble Leader’ Book

I’ve started on the illustrations for ‘The Humble Leader’ today: i am intending to create a series of lino cut images for the front cover and section headings. These will be based around the imagery that i have been sharing in the Quiet Leadership work: images around the cycles of growth, loss, and renewal.

Humility’ is one of the four areas i explore in the Quiet Leadership work, but it gets it’s own book too as it’s such a fascinating area to consider: the mechanisms by which we perceive and judge humility, the price we pay for it, and the strength it gives us.

I’m using a simple trick for these prints, where i first paint the lino with Indian Ink before carving it: the illustration is visible to me through the ink, but it makes the carved lines much easier to see and visualise (normally you carve the lino and have to visualise the ‘negative’ image, but this way the colours of the carving reflect exactly what the final print will look like, albeit reversed).

My prints are much more simple than my normal illustrations, rather naive in execution, which i think is fine: this work is about our foundations, about simple truths, and about how we are all, in our unique ways, imperfect.

About julianstodd

Author and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the Social Age. I’ve written ten books, and over 2,000 articles, and still learning...
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