The first in a series of standalone illustrations from Staff Illustrator and Writer Austin Wang.
“Heartbreak” from Bridegroom
This piece was inspired by the documentary Bridegroom, which revolved around the story of Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone. It is told from Shane’s perspective, starting from his childhood leading to his meeting and relationship with Tom, and particularly highlights how homophobia caused much of the turmoil following Tom’s untimely death. Within the documentary, Shane and Coleen Mcmahon sing “When a Heart Breaks,” by Ben Rector, and one of the lines is “I know the pain of a heartbreak.” Thus, that lyric became the basis of the imagery for this piece.