My TD entry. Although Sliverslash challenged me, he didn't sumbit an entry.
There's a project I'm working on for my intro to illus. class where we had to fill a 30"x40" foamboard with 4"x4" thumbnails of what depression and anxiety mean to us and how we have experienced them. While sketching and looking in the thesaurus for different words relating to depression, I came along the word disorder which reminded me of when I was a little kid the kids would make fun of my big ears and that would make me depressed.
So here are some studies based off pics I took of myself exaggerating proportions and especially the size of the ears.
and here's a quick rough I did(gouache) in my sketchbook of what the illustration is going to be like.
So the kid/person is depressed because of his deformity(or at least that's what I thought I sorta had when I was young) and above him is the idealized/perfect ear.(ironically it's my ear, that I once was made fun of).
A sketch based on this metaphor:That tree of a man, scratching at the roots with his twisted claws. He wants in.