sad face…

very sad!

Practicing drawing various facial expressions seems to be paying off. I am quite pleased with how this drawing for Albion turned out. She does indeed look like she is distressed and crying – just what the scene in question calls for. Poor girl.

UPDATE: Poem from Tom in the comments capturing in words what I tried to show in my illustration…

fractured fragments of a life fall hard
cold rain upon a bitter stormy sea
pouring forth the pain of broken shards
splinters of a soul by death set free
melting childhood verities secure
questions never answered but by tears
desperate moments seeking to assure
sorrow overwhelming hollow fears
face distorted anguish speaks in sobs
the inarticulation of her loss
marches down her visage as it robs
reason cast aside in tempest tossed
incoherent sadness sweeps her past
though everything still matters nothing lasts

Copyright (C) 2012 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer

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5 Responses to “sad face…”

  1. fractured fragments of a life fall hard
    cold rain upon a bitter stormy sea
    pouring forth the pain of broken shards
    splinters of a soul by death set free
    melting childhood verities secure
    questions never answered but by tears
    desperate moments seeking to assure
    sorrow overwhelming hollow fears
    face distorted anguish speaks in sobs
    the inarticulation of her loss
    marches down her visage as it robs
    reason cast aside in tempest tossed
    incoherent sadness sweeps her past
    though everything still matters nothing lasts

    Copyright (C) 2012 TJ Radcliffe

    This is a painfully evocative image for me, brilliantly executed but actually hard for me to look at–I think it’s one of the best things you’ve done for Albion.

    Dunno if the poem works: I’ve tried to capture the feeling of fragmentary consciousness that deep sorrow seems to induce, at least in me.

  2. Thank you Tom. Sorrow is difficult to portray perhaps partly because we don’t want to put ourselves into that space and it seems next to impossible to illustrate an emotion without at least briefly drawing on a past experience of it. We’ll move right along to something lighter…

    • Yes, lighter now, please! Usually I’m the melancholy one in our creative partnership… so I guess this means I should be writing some really happy and frivolous poetry to keep the universe in balance!

  3. George Harrison’s take on sadness:

    Hillary, are you in Mtl next weekend? Can we meet up?

    pax,
    rob

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