The truth lies in between the 1st and the 40th drink

21 June 2015

I did this illustration as a submission to a (Tori Amos themed) charity fundraising cookbook, for RAINN.

Each character represents a song:

 " The truth lies in between the 1st and the 40th drink "
(ink and coloured pencil on A4 paper ; June 2015)

(Some of them are saying lyrics. The title of the drawing comes from Concertina.)
I tried to capture the look of the songs through colour (I often "hear" the colour of songs) and posture; some of the song characters resemble Tori (from the era when the song was released), while others take on a look that is either described or implied, directly, by the song (like Toast's "honey hair", and Cactus Practice's  Native American look (from the implication of the sacred cactus rituals of North and South America), with white Goose feathers in her hair, to represent the shape shifting character of Anabelle (who co-sings her song, on the song-cycle album Night of Hunters.)
I really enjoyed making this drawing, and it has inspired me to create more illustrations in this vein.
Check out some close-up details of this drawing & lyrics that inspired the characters' design ....