IF - Afterwards

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places."- A Farewell To Arms, E. Hemingway 

Inspired by another fab prompt from IllustrationFriday.com today, Afterwards. The Hemingway quote came to mind first & then I remembered this evocative photo from meowmeowstock on DeviantArt. I've been wanting to do something with it for a while.

This drawing is on a 8" sq. piece of patterned paper. The paper is printed with gold reflective ink which shows up black in this scan. Here is a photo as well - the image didn't come out but you can get an idea of the gold. (I'll try to take a better photo outside this weekend, but those metallics are a tricky business.)

I started with Derwent metallic pencils, then added some watercolor & Chinese white pencil (also Derwnts) plus a touch of Pigma Micron & Pitt Pens.

If you're feeling inspired, you have a week to create your own Afterwards. Be sure to upload it to I.F. & if you have a few minutes check out what fun pieces others have submitted.

A couple of notes before I go:

Have you answered Seth Apter's Call To Artists yet? He has a new book deal based on his blog series, The Artists Pulse. He is seeking wonderful art & thoughts to include in this new publication. Click Here for more info

Do you like random drawings? I'm holding a new giveaway for a framed print of my piece "Secrets".  To enter just leave a comment on my blog before 1 a.m. (EST) on 11/18. Please leave an email if it is not in your profile. Drawing is open worldwide with free shipping to winner. Click Here to see the prize


  1. Your drawing is beautiful! She is full of emotion. I love it.

  2. A superb piece of art that catches the mood of the quote really well.

  3. WOW, stunning! Your ability to show emotion in your ladies is amazing!

  4. Great work! you captured a lovely mood.
    I'm not even attempting this topic, I'm coming up blank, lol!

  5. I love the pairing of your drawing and the patterned paper! The quote is goes perfectly too!

  6. Hey Stacey, how are you?
    What a gorgeous piece, I love the gold reflections!
    Very nice work!
    Greetings from Portugal,


  7. Beautiful girl. I like the way the metallic changes the mood on the piece.