illustration Friday: Return

A single tear ran down Phoebe's face as she watched her love disappear into the distance (don't go...). All she could do now was wait (and wait) in hope that her true love would return...

Return - I wanted to go quite vertical with this one. The background is a recycled watercolour that has been manipulated and colourised in photoshop. The actual sketch was hand drawn using 2B pencil. I usually do numerous sketches, refining as I go, until I'm happy with it - then I scan it to be used as an outline in Photoshop, removing the white background and creating layers for each colour, etc.

I had to dig deep for this week's IF topic and as I delved, this quote came floating to the top and then continued to circle around and around in my head:

If you love something set it free,
If it comes back to you, it's yours,
If it doesn't, it never was.

Not sure who wrote it, but it was something my father used to say every time I had a broken heart (which seemed to be quite often...). Back then I was usually too impatient to wait around for too long so Dad would then throw another gem at me:  "Good things come to those who wait."

He must have been so relieved when I finally got married... x

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