Here's a page I did for The Walrus magazine, for a short fiction piece titled "Greener Grass" by Nadia Bozak. The story begins with a scene of a couple and their kindergarten age daughter viewing a property for sale, one that happens to host boys in foster care, from varying difficult backgrounds. A boy with a harelip who lives there, rough and uncared for, shows them around and (it becomes clear) is resentful of the potential buyers - throws a glass bottle into the yard as they view the property and a confrontation occurs... Later, the day the family moves in, the little girl leaps into the yard and cuts her foot badly on a large chunk of glass. ________________
Pictured here is the little girl and foster boy with the harelip - staring at each other through enormous shards of green glass, to look like grass.
There's a barrier between them, physically/economically, she's cared for, he is not. The glass makes him appear fragmented, damaged.
This image accompanied a personal essay concerning a woman's husband who lied to her about being gay during their twenty year marriage.
There were two variations. One portrayed the husband as you see here and the other showed his feet walking in another direction while embracing the wife. I thought they were both interesting, but felt the viewer may read into and linger a little longer on what became the final image. The dual faces, her arm naturally/unnaturally holding his neck... Luckily for me, art director Faith Cochran thought so as well.
This illustration was awarded a gold medal by the Society of Illustrators in 2010.