Cover Illustration – Jane Austen inspired

Recently I have been reading a lot of Jane Austen again. I am reading at least 2 or 3 Books of her a year. And over and over again for the last 20 years now. I can’t tell you exactly why, but these books make me incredibly happy. So I figured I’d make an illustration for Sense and Sensibility. On the cover are Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. But in a modern version and not historically accurate.

©monia baillieu

It is illustrated in Aquarell and ink. The meaning behind the hearts is the following.

Marianne Dashwood (center front) is holding her heart in her hands. Which is quite literally the way she is. But she gave her heart to someone who truly loved her, but abandoned her due tu financial issues. Her heart is broken and she is lost. (or is she?)

Elinor Dashwood (background) is more reserved and hold her feelings caged. She fell in love with a man who is supposed to marry someone else and so she but her heart into a birdcage, never to be hurt again. (Or will someone open it?)

The sky is windy and clouds are rushing by, the sun shines a little light of hope in the background.

This is what the illustration would look like used with Titles:

Monia Baillieu is a professional illustrator and sculptor from northern Germany. Her illustrations are mostly eerie or haunted themed. Occasionally she creates some funny comics as well or ventures out into graphic novels. Sculptures are created with polymer clay and fit into the overall theme of her works.  

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