Madame Bovary

I know, it’s been a ridiculously long time since I last blogged. I’m not going to explain or give excuses, I’m just going to pick up where I left off.

So anyways, I recently created an illustration relating to the novel Madame Bovary. You know why? Because ever since I finished reading it a couple months ago, I’ve been obsessed. Every once in awhile you find a book that sticks in your brain long after you put the book down. Madame Bovary is one of those books for me.

I felt a profound empathy and understanding for Emma. I know a lot of people find her more selfish and bratty than understandable. Perhaps my own selfish and bratty side found myself relating to her. I love to read about flawed and misguided characters, especially female characters. Virtuous characters bore me. I want some bad decisions and tormented moods!

I was first introduced to the awesomeness that is Madame Bovary through the graphic novel, “Gemma Bovery” by Posy Simmonds. It was first written as a serial in The Guardian, but I happened upon it at the library after it’s publication as a graphic novel. I recall reading it right through and admiring both the story and the brilliant artwork.

Read this. It’s amazing.

The graphic novel piqued my interest for the original novel that inspired it. I finally got around to reading the original Madame Bovary a few months ago, and I am annoyed with myself for not reading it sooner.

Read this too. It is also amazing.

So, I felt inspired and created this scene entitled, “Rodolphe’s Letter.”

You can click this image to see a somewhat larger version.

Detail 1

Detail 2

A very nice coworker of mine gave me some gorgeous antique frames, so I plan to frame this piece as well as creating others to frame. I can’t decide whether I want to keep exploring Madame Bovary, or try out illustrations of other great works of literature. A Jane Eyre illustration would be fun to try out…

I get so inspired by great works of literature. Reading is fun!