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:
Her life and story here:


Vhrsti said...

Very nice! Emily was a strenge poet, great poet...

Leah said...

Very eyecatching and bold - I love your style.

Focus_ret said...

I wouldn't call it bold. To me it is more quiet than bold. I like the rainbow you've made with the different colored lines of poetry.

Chickengirl said...

Great choice, wonderful poem.

Ricardo Guimaraes said...

Hey JC!! I loved your poem. Congratulations!!