I was asked by Belgian newspaper De Morgen to create 3 illustrations for a 3 spread article on Kristen Roupenians' short story "Cat Person", discussing how even consensual sex can turn bad, and how difficult and taboo it is to want to stop intercourse for which you initially consented. Things can start out rosy and exciting, but can turn out for the worse and leave a bitter experience.
I created a continuous illustration that could run the entire length of the 3 consecutive spreads of the article. The illustration reads as the story of a sexual experience slowly turning bad. I tried representing this in the gradual removal of colour and the evolution from soft and round to sharp shapes. Time and movement is shown by fragmented scenes both flowing into and disrupting each other.
Eleni Debo is a Belgian illustrator living in the Italian Alps. Since finishing her master's degree in visual arts in 2015, she makes illustrations for books, prints, editorials and campaigns for a wide variety of international clients, and always welcomes new challenges.