Each illustration has been composed using basic shapes and detailed with various materials and techniques, ranging from charcol to paint. Light plays a significant visual, as well as a narrative, element. The entire book takes place at night, so each illustration has a light source with the rest of the image hidden. I wanted to hint that there is more happening than what the viewer can see. Instead of a more traditional perspective guideline, I decided that the images felt stronger by playing with depth, perception, and placement.
"Stars, I have seen them fall, But when they drop and die. No star is lost at all. From all the star-sown sky. The toil of all that be. Helps not the primal fault; It rains into the sea, And still the sea is salt." - A. E. Housman. I began first by working purely digital, using different drawing and illustration programs. Although this worked well for creating the composition, it lacked thelife and depth that I sought. I then turned to more traditional mediums and used charcoal, paints, pencils, graphite and more to create textures which suited each part of the illustration.
Exploring the feeling of loss, being lost and finding a light in the darkness.