Lonely at the Bottom by Steven Novak

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From the self published picture book “Snow Man is My Friend” which was about child abuse and creativity. Pencil on board.


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  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    Wow, stunning illustration!!!!! This is masterpiece fabulous. Love B&W, awesome Steven

  • Thanks Pinky. (Though I don’t think it warrants five exclamation points. ;) I love black and white illustration as well, it’s a shame there really isn’t much of a commercial market for it.

    – Steven Novak

  • darkestartist
    darkestartistover 6 years ago

    this is an amazing piece of drawing. i love the symbolism of the stairs, the child on the landing with his back in the corner speaks volumes. there should be more like this.

  • I appreciate the compliments dark. Out of all the stuff I’ve done over the years this has always remained one of my personal favorites.

    – Steven Novak

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 6 years ago

    wonderful art

  • Wonderful comment. Thank you.

    – Steven Novak

  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaover 6 years ago

    This is STUNNING work!

  • I’d go with stunning, but STUNNING is taking it a bit too far Jen. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    There better be a commercial market for B&W, it’s such a fabulous medium. And this deserves the exclamation points, lol, i adore this.

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 6 years ago

    omg, such a powerful work. Been there and helping others find there way up those stairs and out of abuse and into unconditional love. powerful and beautifully emotional work

  • Thank you Tahnja. I appreciate the kind words.

    – Steven Novak

  • Brandon S.
    Brandon S.over 6 years ago

    Great composition/lighting. Nice work!

  • Thank you much seven6 (the man with the coolest name in the redbubble world).

    – Steven Novak

  • Dan Perez
    Dan Perezover 6 years ago

    This is great. I love the atmosphere and the feeling that’s been created. Before reading the description and knowing anything about it, I was able to pick up the feeling of abuse, lonliness and fear. So, the message comes through perfectly in the image.

  • Thanks for the insightful comment Dan. I appreciate it. Good to know that you’re seeing exactly what I wanted you to see. Whew…I did something right for once.

    – Steven Novak

  • flipteez
    flipteezover 6 years ago

    It was my only thing to hold on to…..
    It was my only way through it ………
    Now I live thru my art at every opportunity & reclaim my soul………

  • Well said. Couldn’t agree more.

    – Steven Novak

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    Hi Steven, the perspective alone would have been very difficult to get just right, let alone the shadows and light :) i needed to dwell on the picture for a while to let it seep in and appreciate it as a whole and then look at the detail, and read other comments too….it affected me in an unusual way…. I noticed that if you gaze at the picture long enough, the child points to your own soul in a personal way, and reminds you of those times in your own childhood that may have created feelings of isolation and an emotional spacial awareness that although we are all connected, each one of us must also stand alone

  • Wow…and I thought I was just drawing a kid at the bottom of a set of stairs. ;) (Obviously I am kidding. Thank you Karin. The drawing is actually a pretty personal one for me so all compliments are greatly appreciated.)

    – Steven Novak

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