Happy Holi!

Holi Sketch by Eliza Stein Illustration

Holi (or Phagwah) is a joyous Hindu festival of springtime and color. People celebrate it by flinging large amounts of brightly colored powders at each other until everyone is covered completely! The almighty Wikipedia has a good description of its history and how it is celebrated around the world today.

I have always wanted to go to a Holi/Phagwah festival, especially the big parade in Richmond Hill, Queens. Unfortunately, I won’t have a chance this year, but I was inspired to make this little greeting from a character sketch I had lying around. The watercolor splotches were already there, but I added more, because as you can see from these photos, you can never have too much color on Holi!

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