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Below is a behind-the-scenes look at my entry to the Nouveau Art Show.
A DIFFERENT LIFE
Ophiah glanced at the window. Her office sat high above the city, a silver tower imprisoning her. She envied the glare of the sun cutting through the clouds, across the sides of skyscrapers, and slipping into her white-walled office. That is freedom, she thought, to move without boundaries, to brush the surface of a smiling Earth, a smiling world.
But this high up, such yearning was frowned upon.
You have purpose, they told her. They treated her different.
Something else called her from the streets. A different life, maybe. A different calling—one where she ran wild and free and limitless. Maybe in another life, she thought. Maybe that’s what everyone thought: Maybe in another life I could’ve been free, I could’ve been me.
When I work on my art, I spend a few days prior brainstorming. I like to have a clear vision for my image before I ever sit down to draw.
For the prompt "A Slice of Life," I wanted to draw something like you'd see in a fashion magazine. I wanted it to be dark with an emphasis on the profile, and I wanted the light shining on the character's eye and earring. When I finally got to the page, this is what I came up with.
I chose my character Ophiah for the project because of her outlook on life. With her character, there has always been a theme of longing for a different life and what could have been. In my book series, Angels' Compass, she works as an office assistant where the staff looks at her in a different light because of her heritage. I wanted to express this sense of not belonging in the written companion.
I hope you've enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look. If you'd like to know more about my work, feel free to check out my author page and a sneak peek at my illustrated fantasy book series, Angels' Compass.