The Invisible Life of Addie Larue - A Deeper Understanding
Updated: Jan 13
For this project, I read and annotated The Invisible Life of Addie Larue paying special attention to the character development. My exhale was a series of drawings depicting scenes from the book. My goals for this project were to use symbolism to communicate a topic and theme to my viewers. This is one of my favourite books and I am glad I could try and bring it to life. I would encourage you to read the book and make connections or just enjoy the art.
The book follows the main character Addie who makes a deal with the devil for more time, but she will never be remembered again. It takes 300 years for someone to remember her. The book flips back and forth between the present and her past.
Author of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue V.E. Schwab
Kate's Artist Statement
For my exhale I decided to draw three scenes from the novel and illustrate them.
The First is of the Protagonist, Addie and the Antagonist, Luc walking through Paris. The second depicts Addie in a WW2 German prison after she called Luc to help her. The third is from when she meets henry in a bookshop and he remembers her for the first time.
I wanted these to tell a story and have the viewer feel connected to the characters. In the first two drawings, Addie is in black and white, this represents how she is invisible and forgotten.
The third has Addie in colour with the black fading away to show how she was seen for the first time in three hundred years. I wanted to convey her feeling of being seen and forgotten.
My favourite detail was in the second drawing Addies dress is worn and ripped. there are some reasons for this she was dragged to prison and the war had a big effect on the quality of clothes. This has a high contrast to Luc whose clothes are brightly coloured and clean, showing how even in the hardest times he is always winning.
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