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Draw – don’t smoke up (illustration)

Nina Levett worked on the “king” theme from 1989 to 1992. There were many illustrations and artworks done in this period. Above you can see some of the very early works of Nina Levett.

Some of these illustrations vere recently published in an award winning book. Read more about this publication here.


An international design magazine “+rosebud no. 7- Very Funny” which explores the potential and possibilities of experimental editorial design has chosen Nina Levett’s illustrations  in their ongoing award-winning project about “humour”.

The work was done in 1990 when Nina Levett was still in school. In her art class she worked on the “king” theme. To see more of the king designs view this post.

I asked: What’s your favourite joke?
She said: A woman goes into a sporting goods store to buy a gun.
“It’s for my husband,” she tells the clerk.
“Did he tell you what caliber to get?” asked the clerk.”
“Are you kidding?” she says. “He doesn’t even know that I am going to shoot him!”

I don’t know how what I do in art is linked to how I think and what I have experienced in my life outside of art. I usually work with ideas and concepts, but when I do things the concept isn’t on my mind. When I create an artwork or illustration it just flows out of me and explanations can be given only before and after the making of an artwork.

Some of my personal themes were present in my very early work before I actually lived them.

These are useful when I want to work directly in flow with my inner self. Usually when I write words come easily and without prior thinking as I write, drawing happens exactly as easily as that.

My technique is secondary to the theme, but I find that I work best with multiple projects in varying medias that are in progress all at once. My techniques, be it applying ink with my fingers, or with a silkscreen, are all developed with the will to experiment and to try new things. I find that the best ideas sometimes come from unexpected results. Being a mother, as well as an artist, I am very used to multi-tasking. Now, I have the advantage that my children help me with my work and sometimes come up with better ideas than I do!

Hand-drawings, depending on the project, are often the last part of my work process. I feel that they are the most important and direct way to find out what’s on a mind, and I find this process to be very intuitive. It’s like the ideas flow out of my pen or brush and I just have to help it happen. These hand-drawn illustrations and written texts are often the finishing touches to my work. They are like the salt in the soup!

Sexual motives that are used for the designs of wallpapers and plates.