Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Second Chapter: Empathise

Back at the beginning of January, I did my first blog post of the year in a new series surrounding my debut poetry collection, "Intoxicated Minds". The idea behind it was that out of the illustrations that were done for me in each chapter, I wanted to share half of them, just so that you can get a feel for the themes that are presented throughout the poems, and what sort of vibe(s) I was going for visually. I hope you enjoy hearing more, and it possibly encourages you to make a purchase on Amazon, seeing as you can pre-order here up until the March 2nd...

Abandoned Aged 6:
This was actually the first poem that I ever wrote, and so I wanted the illustration to be one that was emotive, and also memorable. I love the contrast between the light, and the dark, and how much the key message is emphasised.

An Alcohol Addiction:
Another poem that follows the same theme features one of my favourite illustrations too. The focus is on how a young girl is at the centre of her father's alcoholism, and she is directly experiencing the exact sorrow that he is experiencing. She is drowning, and struggling to live a 'normal' life, because she is quite literally at the hands of someone else's addiction.

You Were The Spectator, I Was The Statue:
For this poem, the main imagery is of the girl in the centre of the gallery, who's a beautiful statue, which is adorned in flowers, unlike the others. The object doing the observations is unappreciative of what she has to offer, even though she's the one that stands out, and is the primary feature, and he simply goes on to view others, not even having batted an eyelid. 

Aiming Towards The Bright Light:
This illustration has such magical, mystical vibes in my opinion. The light details are clearly there to capture people's attention, and the warm colour surrounding the girl demonstrate how she is leaving the dark overgrowth of the blues, and greens behind her in the pursuit of happiness. Think about the quote 'there is always a light at the end of the tunnel'. 

Plucking Off The Petals:
The white daisies  on the top of the girls head represent her innocent, young mind, and the fact that she displays beauty, ambition, and personal growth. The hand that appears to be plucking off the petals from the sidelines is that of the boy who affects her self-worth, and makes her perceive herself differently. The pastel colours help to showcase her femininity and purity. 

Taking A Bullet For Unrequited Love:
This is another poem, which features contrasting imagery. On one side, the isolated female is in the dark, because she's got nobody else, but then on the other side is a loved-up couple, who are walking hand-in-hand toward their happiness, and their future together. The girl has never received mutually romantic love.

Her Eyes Are Where Her Darkest Demons Lie:
Here, the backdrop is the dark night sky, because the poem is one, which is darker, and focuses on deeper ideas. The pink, and purple shades help to emphasise that, because they are representative of the depth, and the mysterious tone that is being portrayed. The blurred figures dancing around the girls head are meant to be her thoughts, the demons that keep her overthinking, and that won't allow her to feel free. 

I had the privilege of working with a wonderful lady called Laurel Clark on these illustrations, as well as the other 7 that feature in this chapter. If you're interested in checking out more of her designs, or you want to commission her at any point in the future, you can find her website here, her Twitter here, and her Instagram here

Until next time!

Love and light always,


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