Friday, June 27, 2008
This is an illustration for Read Magazine, which is published by Weekly Reader/Reader's Digest. The magazine is for middle school students and this illustrated a poem, which is below. After the sketch stage, the art director requested that the main figure be a little older looking.
The prince—too brightly lit by youthful pride (or was it passion?)—traversed ’cross the land in search of Her. Atop some bannered horse and gauntly decked with silver lance, he boldly charged o’er briars thick with thorns—tumbling against geography.
At last, our burden-weary cavalier,
half-struck by love and wrecked with fever pains,
neared the picket woods of Her palace walls.
The scent of blood lingered like hallowed mist
between the blighted pines and lifeless men.
In that silence, he heard the rustling of
a dying steed—too bright and crimson.
And he saw a frame, tall and whitely bare,
whose face twisted in agony
and disillusion like a broken string.
There’re no paths between fear and gallantry—
And only one way ’cross the Dragon’s jaw.