Pippin Paints a Portrait



ISBN: 9781800660144 Category:

Charlotte Mei


“Today I am going to paint a portrait. It is a portrait of someone very important. That someone is ME (it is a self-portrait).
All famous artists paint pictures of themselves, and I am a famous artist. Or at least I will be when I’ve finished my portrait.”

Pippin is painting his self-portrait, but his friends think he’s got a lot to learn about painting. They take him to see Angelique’s portrait, which takes inspiration from Cubism, Kwame’s portrait, which is inspired by the work of Chris Ofili, Hina’s portrait, which draws from the work of Yayoi Kusama, and Franklin and Aaliya’s portrait, which is a colour field painting in the style of Mark Rothko.

Pippin is feeling very deflated, but his little friend Minky helps him to dig deep and find the artist inside himself.

This is a laugh-out-loud story of artistic expression, told in direct speech and adorable comic-book style illustrations by Charlotte Mei. Packed with information about famous artists, their approaches and their mediums, the book simultaneously engages, informs and asks young readers to question how they themselves ‘read’ and create art.

Additional information

Weight 424 g
Dimensions 22.1 x 27 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 3 February 2022
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.1 x 27 cm
Weight 424 g


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Charlotte Mei is a rising star in the illustration and art world. Working across painting, illustration, ceramics and animation, she has a distinctive, playful approach to form and colour, which has led to high-profile collaborations with the likes of Hermes, Nike and Lazy Oaf, as well as a substantial Instagram following. Her editorial work has been published in the New York Times and Vice. This is her first book.