At Planet Labs, the offices are named for people influential in humanitarian or scientific causes. Previously for my residency, I made a portrait for the Malala Yousafzai room. My latest portrait is for the Mahatma Gandhi room. I think most people have an image of Gandhi in their mind as soon as they hear the name. I wanted to do something different, so I picked a photo from his time as a young lawyer in South Africa.
Below are some of the steps in turning the vintage photograph into an illustrated portrait.