The Day You Love Me
You are alone. Perhaps in a bar, a museum, a cafe, a grocery store—anywhere. You meet someone. And from the moment of eye contact, a story begins.
Each of the six interior illustrations for Jay Lewis Humphrey's 2017 book of short stories, The Day You Love Me, needed to tell the heart of the story in a single black and white image without giving too much away. I created vignettes of key moments in each story that also functioned as portraits of the story's main female character as seen through the male character's eyes. They are 10"x16" and painted in gouache and charcoal. Working in black and white was a printing restriction that yielded a unique emotional style and tonality highlighting the allure of mystery and indefinite forms.