Umbrella Lady

Sad Girl Umbrella Illustration

So, it feels like a long time since I've actually been regularly posting new work. Mainly due to commissions. Which is nice. But it also means I've been slowly depleting my stock of work made over the last three years that wasn't good enough to post when I actually made it.

And now I've reached what could very well be the bottom of that rat's nest. I'm posting the piece that I originally talked about in February 2015 when I was feeling particularly miserable after Dry January. This is what I said about it at the time:

I ended up spending a week doing a proper painting of a pretty girl looking melancholy and holding an umbrella. Because the internet definitely doesn't have enough illustrations of a sad girl holding an umbrella.

In the end I came to my senses/messed up the painting and went back to the source folder.

I am currently in the middle of two pretty full-on commissions, so I dusted it off and here it is. I've just spent an hour-and-a-half trying to salvage it with a black paint marker, a pigment fineliner, coloured pencils and a white gel pen I got in the office Secret Santa. Plus I Photoshopped the absolute living Hell out of it. The sad fact is, it wasn't good enough a year ago, it's not good enough now, but I haven't missed a weekly blog post since I started in April 2013. In either case I've drank seven cups of coffee today and I got a night of work ahead of me.

I'm equal parts curious and terrified to find out what I'm going to post next week.

The original source image is actually pretty great. It's "Untitled" by Paluina Kim Joo and is licensed under CC BY 2.0. It deserves better than I've given it, go have a look if that's what you're about.

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