I do a lot of research when I’m starting a new print. It’s important to me that I share stories and preserve history through my illustrations. And this particular print was pretty eye opening because for many of these jazz singers I only knew their story through their prolific music career. ⠀
What I found while I researched many of these jazz legends is that their story was full of hardships and hurdles. Many of them faced unimaginable adversity but through it all paved the way for future generations of jazz and R&B artists. It is an excellent reminder that even though someone may have a list of accomplishments a mile long that doesn’t mean their life is perfect or even easy.