Himba tribeswoman – scratchboard work in progress

The Himba tribe of Namibia cover themselves in butterfat and ochre and never wash. This makes their skin quite red, and their hair braids, more like dreadlocks, become a distinguishing characteristic. The women don’t wear tops and they become quite a sight for tourists. I was one such tourist and I spent an afternoon with a group of ladies in Etosha, near the famous Etosha National Park.

My latest scratchboard is another portrait of one of these ladies from a rear view to show her hair off well and I’m a little bit of the way in. Despite their unique red colouring, I’m actually going to keep this black and white using strong contrast created by the bright Namibian sun.

So far the only tool I’ve used is the following craft knife

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