The Taming of the Shrew, By William Shakespeare,1500's (above)
The Taming of the Shrew was written by William Shakespeare in the late 1500’s. The play follows two of the main characters Petruchio and Katherina. Petruchio accepts the challenge of ‘taming’ his wife Katherina, who is described as ‘shrewish’. He forces her into the traditionally submissive role of a wife.
A predominant theme in this play is gas lighting and the gender divide between both characters.
One way in which Petruchio ‘tames’ Katherina is through gas lighting her into thinking that the sun is the moon and warping her perception of time.
This particular theme in the play inspired my illustration for The taming of the Shrew. I wanted to visually communicate that the sun was the moon in an effective way. I did this through the colour ways of the sun and moon, using a cool grey tone for the sun and a warm cadmium yellow tone for the moon.
The artwork is also inspired by 1500’s style illustrations of the sun and moon.
The Playboy bunny iconography subtly appears in the illustration, where I used the crescent of the moon to align with the ear.