Melancholy

Emotion Art



Awhile back I worked on emotion images, and I made this tonight not planning on doing it for the collection, but I realized when I was finished that it looked melancholy to me… something that could describe what causes my sense of humor to spiral – trying to find that excitement that seems to be missing.

This is another combo/composite piece – or whatever you want to call it. I did the illustration of the girl’s face, and then brought it into Photoshop to add a crinkled paper background and a rose that I photographed many moons ago (IRL it is yellow). Then, as always, I defaulted to an oil paint effect to bring it all together.

I thought it was interesting to use black and white, which might explain why melancholy came to mind. The definition of melancholy that I liked was: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause. I think that the absence of color depicts that feeling well.

It’s like life hasn’t changed, nothing bad or unusual has happened, but something that you just can’t put your finger on is missing.

Anyway, goodnight for now…
-Janet

6 Comments

  1. The woman seems to be hiding behind the flowers. She could be watching something. I’m getting unease which is like melancholy. B&W adds irony and cools the presentation. Very compelling piece!

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