Sunday, July 22, 2007
Pencil sketch, colored in Photoshop.
This is a reproduction of the artwork on the Emily Dickinson stamp issued in 1971, which I found at an antique/junque shop in Oregon last week. I incorporated her poem "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" into the illustration. Her poems are beautiful, though some quite sad, but I love her use of similes and metaphors.
Another well-known poem of hers that I like is this:
I'm nobody, who are you?
Are you nobody too?
There's a pair of us, don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know!
How dreary to be somebody!
How public like a frog,
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
More of her poetry can be found here: http://www.bartleby.com/113/
Her life and story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Dickinson