This is a portrait of my maternal grandmother at age 16. She's one of the most inspiring people I know, and was probably a princess. I mean, really. Look at her! She's incredibly beautiful, even at 16 (umm hello? Ever hear of awkward puberty? Obviously not.) In the village in Bangladesh where she grew up, there were three or four other girls with the same name as her, Monowara, Manu for short. To tell them all apart, the other villagers ascribed appropriate adjectives to their first names. Hers was "Shondori Manu," literally translated as "Pretty Manu." She was The Pretty One. When she showed me this picture, I had to draw it. And I've finally finished it!
Here are some detail shots below: