Miley Cyrus blown away by Meghan’s artistic hand

Mega-pop star Miley Cyrus and more than a million people around the world are in love with East London’ artist Meghan Maconochie’s unique pencil-shaving sketch of iconic ’60s sex siren Marilyn Monroe.

The  part-time information technology teacher at Merrifield Preparatory School  hit the big-time two weeks ago when she posted the  colourful sketch of Monroe on  Instagram.

She  first does a pencil sketch on paper or a card, using it as a base. Then she applies a thin layer of   shavings on the outer edges of the drawing. “I then layer it up to give it a more sculptural look.”

Maconochie sharpens each pencil by hand and can use from half a pencil  to boxes of pencils to create a sketch. “My hands have calluses from all the sharpening.  Depending on what I am sketching, it can take me minutes or hours and hours to complete a work.” She was on artwork 231 yesterday, with 134 to go.

Her inspiration comes from her “awesome” online followers, her pupils and lovers of pop art and popular culture. She intends selling  limited-edition prints and exhibiting her work. “There will only be 10 prints of each image and I am  planning to set up a website.”

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