6 Word Novel Illustration

“whorl. Help! I’m caught in a time” Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel

This was the story I chose out of a list of very, very short stories called 6-word novels. In the same vein as Hemingway’s famous “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn”, a 6-word novel should hint at a larger story where the reader interprets the meaning.

The assignment was to create an illustration that interprets the 6-word story, with the original author as the intended audience.

ProfessorMarc RussoClassIllustration Studio, NC StateYear2017

Aronofsky and Handel are know for writing, directing, and producing films such as Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, and most recently (as of this writing), mother!.

I made a list of themes found in these movies, and created thumbnails interpreting the short story. Since the original authors were my target audience, I tried to stay true to what they probably intended the story to mean. Based on their other work, I interpreted the story as a cry for help from someone in a dark place, confused as to what’s real and what’s in her own head.

I chose ripped paper as a metaphor for reality ripping apart. My process for this project involved layering actual paper to see how everything should be put together using this metaphor.

I started the drawing by hand, then did more detailed drawings in Photoshop. I scanned ripped pieces of paper to get the textures, and did the background in Illustrator. Everything was compiled in Photoshop.