Tennis speak has some lovely words like Love and Serve. When a powerful and beautiful woman, like Serena Williams masters the sport, much more is served than lobbed tennis balls across clay.
To serve with love, free will, and every inch of passion inspires everyone.
I’ve been served the opportunity to create 27 celebrity portraits and Serena Williams was top of my list!
I start an illustration impulsed by movement. Everyone’s unique way of moving their body expresses their essence. In Serena’s case I was moved by the images of her off the court, relaxed on the beach.
Then, this noble, perfect image of a serve like a Sister of Lady Liberty herself.
The fishnets, platforms, and waitress skirt naturally emerged, as here is someone celebrating her body’s power on and off the court. The words “Serve This” floated in my head and became a heart on her pelvis. The center of a woman’s power.
Like any good game, some things are planned and some arise organically. The elements of a drawing that arise naturally is “Serving” the higher purpose for the illustration. It’s nothing less than magical.
And lastly, Queen Serena gets a blue tennis racket net halo of course!
You can purchase a print of this Serena Williams illustration on my shop, The Jade Dress Shop, here.