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Sweat Accumulates on the Bottle by Steven Novak

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Here’s yet another illustration from “Snow Man Is My Friend.” More than any of the others, I think this is the one that scared away publishers. Pretty straight-forward stuff. No trees, now cute snow man, no metaphor, it is what it is. I like it. I think it’s solid, but it certainly isn’t your average picture book illustration.


  • Alycia K
    Alycia Kover 6 years ago

    Wow. Great picture!

  • Thanks Alycia!

    – Steven Novak

  • wandalechene
    wandalecheneover 6 years ago

    this is amazing and very powerful its almost like i can feel the pain of the little boy.

  • Thanks Wanda! I tried keeping the background sparse so you could only focus on the two principal elements.

    – Steven Novak

  • Harry Gray
    Harry Grayover 6 years ago

    wow it is what it is, this is the true!!! like your straight-forward way of seeing ,the other side of the bottle well done !!!!!!

  • Thanks! If I ever try to sell the book again I think this might be the only illustration I rework. Maybe it’s a bit TOO straight-forward. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • clarkey
    clarkeyover 6 years ago

    This image is very expressive – full of pain and fear, with the cause of such emotions in plain sight.

    It’s a subject that causes sympathetic pain and anguish in many of us and it reminds us that such horror usually occurs out of sight. Much as it is painful, it’s good to be reminded of the tragic consequence of over-indulgence in something most people take for granted as being only a feel-good substance.

  • Thanks Clarkey, as someone who doesn’t drink, ever, anywhere, I couldn’t agree with you more.

    – Steven Novak

  • cheetaah
    cheetaahover 6 years ago

    I can feel his in pain………fear……wants me to hug him and comfort him…. your work is very realistic. Great.

  • Thanks Cheetaah, I appreciate it.

    – Steven Novak

  • Leslie Patton
    Leslie Pattonover 6 years ago

    This could tell many stories. Love it!! Nice work Steven!

  • Thank you Leslie.

    – Steven Novak

  • vonne
    vonneover 6 years ago

    A pictures paints a thousand words, and you have most definitely done that here! Hard hitting, punched in the gut impact truth! VERY WELL DONE! Keep it coming Steven.

  • So sometimes it’s good to get punched in the gut? Who knew? ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • darkestartist
    darkestartistover 6 years ago

    wow gripping and powerful imagery, and of course very well drawn.

  • Thank you!

    – Steven Novak

  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaover 6 years ago

    What an amazing way you have of capturing emotion Steven…this is sad and beautiful!

  • The only problem is that the emotions I capture more often than not is sad. ;)

    – Steven Novak

    BLYTHARTover 6 years ago

    All your work holds a message and I still feel there is another message behind the more obvious one. I’d hate to think that you have suffered any of the misery you often portray in your pictures.

  • The book itself is actually more about finding strength in creativity than it is about abusive drunks. In fact, it’s only kind of, sort of hinted at in the text and this ONE illustration sort of solidifies it.

    – Steven Novak

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