Macbeth: 30-Day Book Illustrator Challenge Day 10

Macbeth: 30-Day Book Illustrator Challenge Day 10

Macbeth by William Shakespeare


Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast—

This illustration was just posted in my blog, 5 days after being drawn because I was actually camping while drawing it.  I can change the date and have it post in order of days, but I kind of like it standing out more on top, especially considering the story behind it.  I had forgotten all my papers and had to borrow a sketchbook (after drawing yesterday’s Ophelia from Hamlet on the back of a form) from my friend Amos who thankfully (and serendipitously) had one.  It’s was pretty funny, but I’m glad the 30 day challenge is actually proving to be a challenge.  

The original is still in Amos’ book, and this is a photo taken with my phone and posted straight to Facebook (excuse the photo quality).  I have to say, having to be resourceful in this way still gives me a bit of a rush.  Reminds of working nearly full time while traveling to over 25 countries with my lap top and constantly having to figure things out as I went.  That’s the real art of honing your skill I think. Things don’t always go as planned, but in the end, the principles you stick to through difficulty is really who you are.

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macbeth book cover by Mariya K.


  1. A couple of thoughts as to why this is my favorite: 1.) I like how his actual name”MacBeth” is a weight on his shoulders and crown, pressing him down to the death he fears so much. In the end he cannot shoulder the name any longer. And, that evasive sleep that should be the short death of every day, gathers like an army about his head and kills him while he remains awake.

    • Awesome. I LOVE that. Thank you.


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