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Rip - Break the Circle

This is based on a sketch for a client that didn't make the cut, and again was overruled by another idea considering it for Inktober last year. The inspiration is the felt necessity for marrying or even just bonding, when the relationship really is entirely one-sided and one of them doesn't get anything out of it, but doesn't dare leave - for appearances, for fear, for pride, for status. Maybe more courage would help?

30×20cm ink and markers with metal leaf, on paper. The original is available on Etsy,