I’m working with my mom on a graphic/comic biography of the French revolutionary Suzanne Volkan. My mom wants to incorporate images from the time into the comic. I finished a first round of my interpretation of the Delacroix painting “Liberty Leading the People”. Man, I didn’t realize how many dead people were in the painting.
I really appreciated the process of drawing this. I’d like to learn more about/refresh my memory of painting around this time. This painting has so many details and so much emotion. Delacroix seems to have had a “finishing the hat” (Sondheim) approach to his art. There is so much light in the dark and dark in the light.
There may be too many lines for a comic publication. We’re still figuring all of that out. I can work on simplifying my drawings. The images may have to be black and white. I can get rid of the background to have floating figures. So many ideas!
Here’s a gray scale version:
And the original painting: