- Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue by Poe Ballantine
(read it here)
A great short story that is worth the read!
Watercolor and ink, 15 x 6"
The starkness of the text was so strong, I decided on a more whimsical illustration to complement it.- - -
- I used salt on watercolor to create a distressed effect.
The way the watercolors bled into each other reminded me of bruises.
- My preliminary work:
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A smaller piece to go with the same story
6 x 6" in ink
- Every Night and every Morn,
Some to Misery are Born;
Every Morn and every Night,
Some are born to Sweet Delight;
Some are born to Sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night.
- William Blake
I based the smaller illustration on the idea that the households that each child grew up in determined their fate.
- I illustrated the two main characters as little house-children playing hopscotch,
unaware of the big house falling from above that is about to crush them.
- The blue-devil community, to me, seemed indifferent to the evil in their midst.
I chose to depict the surrounding houses with stony texture, dry and cold.
- thank you for reading!