La Belle Dame sans Merci was created in response to a request to generate an effective and memorable album artwork for a band. Although the commission was aborted by the client, I persevered in creating the image nonetheless – a decision which paid off when the illustration was shortlisted at the AOI World Illustration Awards 2017.
The painting is meant to ambiguously convey the album’s main theme: a distant relationship between a hopeful, naive male character and an apparently vulnerable yet deceitful femme fatale figure. The title is a clear reference to John Keats’ ballad bearing the same name and which also features an enigmatic encounter which doesn’t end too well.
Oil on Board