Panels from final Middlemarch comic (ink on paper, colored in Photoshop)

These characters were designed for a comic adaptation of the marriage plot line between the characters Rosamond Vincy and Tertius Lydgate in George Eliot's novel Middlemarch. As portrayed by Eliot, Rosamond and Lydgate’s relationship, though initially founded upon good intentions, is characterized by a self-destructive cycle of idealized desire and sustained domestic dissatisfaction. Throughout the novel, these two characters meet, fall in love, marry, fall into debt, endure professional scandal, and bear down for the final years of a tepidly unhappy marriage.

Expression explorations for Lydgate

Expression explorations for Rosamond