Thursday, August 19, 2010
This next piece was for a short story by Haruki Murakami. It's called Honey Pie and it's part of his anthology, After the Quake. The story follows three friends - Takatsuki, Sayoko, and Jun - who go from college to adulthood with each other. As a trio they thrive and grow but when broken down, they get messy and function less smoothly. Of course, both guys fall for the girl, and the more successful, charming, and bold man (Takatsuki) gets her. It was a really sad story about unrequited love, courage, safety, and reliability.
I chose to focus on all that for my illustration, using body language to show these people's relationships to one another. Takatsuki is shown holding her hand, but he's turned away from her, representing his disinterest and lack of investment in her. Meanwhile, Sayoko and Jun stand side by side, almost touching - their wardrobe mimicking each others. Their hands are ever so subtly gesturing toward one another's.