One project of mine that was recently scraped was a short story called Sacrosanct. It's a love story, focusing on our heroine River asking the Goddess of Death, Fate, and Winter (players of Dungeons and Dragons might recognize as the Raven Queen) to sunder her soul, in the hopes that part of it can keep the deceased soul of her lover (Jon) company in the afterlife. The story never got beyond the tight roughs before it was scrapped, but I'm able to share one of those pages with you all.
|Pencil and Paper, 6"x9", Tight Roughs for Sacrosanct|
As always, there is more symbolism then a casual reader would ever pick up on - atleast consciously. The camera is always eye level with out heroine, and always looking up at the Raven Queen. The alter of death is always in the background, often being used as a crutch in some way shape or form. River's sword, a symbolic instrument of death as swords have few other purposes, will cross over her multiple times as she slips further towards, in many way, a living death with her actions. While the Raven Queen is trying to talk River out of her decision, the goddess is blocking the stage left exit (often used for permanent leave from the story). In later pages, the Raven Queen is towering over River in a much more terrifying manner and is pushing her towards the stage leff exit when the request is performed.