tomer :: the epic new novel from the highly acclaimed and always controversial author Michel Houellebecq examines, among other things, the trials of old age and the death of love. Playboy magazine chose an excerpt describing the breaking point of a devastating relationships between the aging protagonist and a super hot young actress half his age. the scene is taking place at her birthday party which is populated by her young good looking circle of friends...he can't win.
Toulouse-Lautrec is a great source for seedy party atmosphere. he also have a great way of 'controlling the crowd'-- giving an impression of a room full of interesting characters but not having it feel messy or over whelming, his focus is very selective.
the AD felt the sketch was missing something at the lower right corner and the empty space attracted too much attention to itself. this was solved with a cold martini.