Winter blues

Editorial for an article on living well with HIV. 

The author talks a lot about seasonal depression and increased feelings of anxiety, feelings of solitude, as well as a lack of desire to make an effort visually, with comfort and ease taking primary focus.

Through my illustration, I wanted to convey the trepidation that winter brings, as well as feelings of loneliness, as discussed. Using the silhouetted figures in the background only pushes the figure into solitude.

To root the illustration in a context of HIV and AIDS discussion, I used the HIV red ribbon as the figure's scarf. This also helped with the winter connections. While the scarf is bright red against the muted and pastel artwork, it does not become overpowering. This was to hopefully highlight that HIV does not consume life, and encourage an open discussion about it's impact. 

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