An Illustrator Illustrates

Every artist knows that the subject of his or her next work of art is one of the biggest challenges. I often hear advice telling artists to stick with the same subject. "If you paint landscapes then stick with landscapes," etc.

I'm not sure if that applies to artists who, like me, are more "illustrator" than "artist."

Because I want to tell a story with my art I find myself selecting a story idea, usually just a title, and letting that idea dictate what I am going to depict in my painting or drawing.

I've always liked the line from William Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet" in which Juliet says, "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow. That I shall say good night till it be morrow."

It is for that reason that the subject of this digital painting is of a modern day Juliet looking longingly through a window as she waves goodbye to someone.

The nearly monotone color palette also adds to the melancholy mood of the painting.

So, as with any visual medium, the subject, the pallet, the setting (in this case a rainy window pane), all play a role in telling a story.

My desire to paint "stories" is why I am more likely to relate to being an "illustrator" than an "artist."

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