The touching, romantic story of the love, loss, and sacrifice of the beautiful courtesan Violetta is scored in the lush melodies of Giuseppe Verdi. Based on Dumas' tragic 'Camille', it's a heartbreaker.
In this illustration, the fading flower, doomed Violetta in a flourish of lacey layers, watched wistfully from a window. It's one of my favorite operas, and the stage play of 'Camille' is a lovely piece as well.
This one was drawn quickly, between filming takes on a set I'd dressed to look like a graphic novelist's messy studio. As I finished it, the flowers of her hair, and the sadness reminded me of Violetta. I smeared the ink drawing with a slightly wet brush for the tone across the page.
(Hint. You can do this with your thumb - and some water, too, thought it is slightly more primitive!)