*UPDATE: My submission was just shortlisted for the Keep Moving Project! I'm in the for the final selection!
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This was my submission for the Keep Moving Project for Neil Gaiman. Artists were invited to illustrate any of his twelve short stories (one story for each month of the year). I illustrated the November Tale.
Summarily speaking, the story is about a young woman named Eloise who had seen many hardships in life and was now suffering from decaying health. In the beginning of the story, she purchases a red hat with a feather and a black brazier on a whim (important later). Eloise uses the brazier to burn letters from a relationship gone wrong, photographs, and medical records--things she associates with past pain. As these things are consumed by flame, they are also erased from her life. After everything has been burned away, she is once again healthy and her heart isn't as full of cares. The story concludes with Eloise putting on the red hat, looking in the mirror, and walking out the door.
I've long enjoyed Gaiman's work, and his short stories were a pleasure to read. Among that collection, his November Tale was particularly inspirational for me. I (and I'm sure many others) know the feeling of carrying pain that runs so deep you don't know how to put it down, and yet is so heavy you can barely lift it along. One way or another, we all wish we could reach a point of peace like Eloise, whether that means burning away the past (literally/figuratively speaking) or accepting the reality we live in.
I discovered the Keep Moving Project pretty late into the game, so I'm quite proud that I managed to bang this out in a week's time (I can be pretty terrible at keeping a schedule). Everything was done in watercolor, minus the words done in ink on the letter petals and Eloise's eyes.