As I Lay Dying

I created an illustration based on William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying.

My inspiration came from one of the book’s more gruesome scenes: As the family in the story makes a long trip to bury their matriarch in the hot southern summer, the youngest son, who doesn’t fully comprehend death yet, can hear his mother’s body decomposing. He thinks she’s whispering to him and drills some breathing holes into the coffin…all the way into her face.

On the technical end, I wanted a rougher, less-polished, “realness” feel for this piece, so I made a print of the grain on a sheet of wood and used a junky paintbrush to trace the type and get some texture in there.





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