Old & Alone
from The Prince of Butterflies

 

 


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Years have passed and John Farrington is an old man, near death.  On a bright spring day, his nurse pushes him outside, into the spring sunshine, and leaves him to enjoy the silence.

 

Originally I had planned this one to look a lot busier.  Looking at the sketch, you can see I planned to have the viewer looking through trees at him. In the process of doing the color comps, I simplified everything down to just him in the wheelchair, some vague tree-like shapes and the butterflies.  It made me nervous at first, but I think I made the right decision; it focuses more of the attention on John and makes the small man in the wheelchair more poignant.  It also fits a little better with the rest of the book, where I was often removing extraneous details in the backgrounds. 

 

 

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