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Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter

I’m using my work from my recent illustration project based on illustrating for publications. Using the narrative ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by the author Roald Dahl I wanted to develop an atmosphere that surrounds the narrative without giving to much of the characters emotions away to the audience. My images are based on different parts of the narrative, I never want to show the character of Mary’s face as I believe that would give too much of the story line away, nor do I wish to complicate the illustrations or story with unnecessary items but just based it on the relationship the character of Mary has with her husband and how she is carrying on with her life even after the incident accurse, hiding what she has done from herself and the people she encounters. The colours and textures are based on the idea of frozen to raw meat, the weapon that killed her husband, along with passion, murder and blood. The matte black represents to me the idea of sin, Mary’s poisoned passion of love and using the phrase ‘things aren’t just black and white’ in this instance its more black. I used mono printing from the colour and black ink for the outlines of the characters and the background.