My piece for ~Illustrationshare
's contest for "Illustrate a Story". This is taken from the tale of the same title, written by Oscar Wilde.
The plot of this tragic story is that a young man wishes to dance with the love of his life...but she will only dance with him if he gives her a red rose. But it's the dead of winter, so it's impossible. The nightingale, who wants him to be happy and in love, decides to help him find a rose. However, she learns that the only way to make one grow is to pierce her heart on the rose bush's thorn, to make a red rose bloom out of love and blood. She dies, and the young man plucks the rose to give to his lady love. She spurns the gift, which took such a tremendous sacrifice, because it doesn't match her dress.
Pens on bristol, with colors in Photoshop 7.
This picture was featured in Vanity Fair Italy --> [link]