Illustrated Lady Macbeth

August 21, 2011

Shakespeare Illustration

This was a commission to visualise a contemporary version of Lady Macbeth to inspire the Production’s hair and makeup department and was a brief I thoroughly enjoyed working on! (Out, damn’d [ink] spot! out, I say!)

In this initial artwork I drew her sideways on, looking to the future, -her past clouded with jealousy and envy and the lust for something which is not rightfully hers (the throne of Scotland) her ruthless means of acquiring Macbeth’s ascension is represented by the snake coiled on her cheek as if whispering the dark, tempting thoughts inside her head. The jealousy and greed seeps through onto her cheek, instead of a healthy pink blush I have chosen the colours of envy, the makeup sweeping up to her eyes. It clouds her vision and she sees only blood in front of her, Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan.

2 Responses to “Illustrated Lady Macbeth”

  1. tiotrash said

    What a perfect interpretation! I feel like I have been searching for this for years! This image is going to be the first piece of my “Shakespearean Sleeve”, because you have to love Lady MacBeth.

    I will be sure to link and share with my readers (and you) when the tattoo has been completed (November!) 🙂

    • Alisa said

      Hi Tiotrash,

      Thanks for your comment, sorry it has taken me so long to reply! …ahhh I’m glad you like the illoso much and yes! for sure! send over some pictures when you get it inked!

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