asaf :: Philadelphia Magazine was looking for an illustration describing someone in a relationship who suddenly decides they have to breakup with their partner. the writer talks about how she finally meets her boyfriend's family and discovers how "middle-of-America" and boring they are, and realizing what he will turn into when he gets older.
my original idea was to create a composition around the young women that will somehow pressure her, so that a sense of urgency to escape will be expressed. the idea was to have the faces create a curve between the dad and the girl, going through the mom, the kid and the boyfriend.
at one point the AD changed the dimensions to a wider format, so I re-sketched everything with different characters, and houses in the background. they didn't like it, and I agreed it came out more stiff and lacked focus on the girl. I went back to the original sketch, while fighting my natural fear of the void, leaving empty spaces on both sides, hoping this sacrifice will help bring back the attention to the main character