The most famous lovestory out there! I read the original at age 15 oder 16 and even now I can remember many beautiful written parts of the play. (Of course I read this in german) I wandered through the forest next to where we lived reading Shakespeare or would sit in a cornfield hearing nothing but the birds and the wind.
To date there hasnt been a lovestory that is more tragic than the one of the two starstruck lovers. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet.
The two youngsters fall madly in love. But their parents are hating each other almost religiously. Creating a split and forcing everyone arround them to choose a side. Wether it be Montague or Capulet. Fights and Drama evolve as soon as both houses meet. During the play, Romeo and Juliet secretly marry. Their way to escape into a happy ending fails tragicly as Juliet fakes her own death leaving Romeo to believe she took her own life. He never receives the letter that would tell him, that she was only sleeping. Romeo grieves at her funeral and is killing hmself with poison. A few moments later Juliet awakes to find her love dead. So she kills herself with Romeos dagger. The houses Capulet and Montague stop their senseless fight against each other due to the tragedy of their children.
Back then it never crossed my mind to do an Illustration of those two. There are so many brilliant illustrations and artworks out there, many of whom I thought were so perfect, that I could never reach their level. But today, being more mature and having found my style, I got courious what Romeo and Juliet would look like the way I draw. Maybe this is also a challenge for you? 😉
Also I highly recommend to read Shakespeare. It takes some time to get the hang of the way it’s written but after a few pages it is just absolutly beautiful and makes you question, what happend to our lanuage. So many great words seem to be forgotten or replaced by a lighter version. (Or so it seems to me.)
Farewell (is one of them) Until next week! 🙂