This is one of the illustrations for "Birgit", a novel about death. It's told by a little girl whose sister is dying. I uploaded the cover some months ago, but I forgot to upload some of the inner illustrations, so here it is. The novel is very realistic so I tried the illustrations weren't. The progress of the illness is symbolized by the flowers invading the girl. Even if the approach is pretty poetic it was pretty hard to do. I didn't want the images were soft or sweet. I was doing well, but somehow, at the middle of the work a kind of somber mood touched me. Even so, this book is among the works I'm more proud of.
Pencil, pastel and gouache + a touch of digital adjust
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