For a long time I wanted to do an illustration on this topic. There are many ways it could have been portrayed but here's what I ended up with. I hope you like it and that it can speak to you in some way!
The suggerter said, "Prisoner by choice by ~Gingashi is a picture with bright colors and crisp lines, that shows a really fascinating concept!" and to quote ~Ghost-Toast-ABC's comment, "i love it's integral depth and emotion! it's so open to concept and interpretation!" in which I really approve. (
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Keys, she'd handing him a bangle with a key on it. He's turning down that offer for freedom. :~P He's the prisoner by choice, because he still feels guilty and hasn't forgiven himself. Initially, I thought she was the prisoner by choice, choosing to do so so that she could free people. This is a beautiful picture, with lots of depth to it.
It's remind me how some people chose to imprison themselves in the sorrow, angry, hates, guilty feeling, and pain of the past. And reject the love from people around them which actually can set them free from their past shadows...
I can't help but notice that the woman has keys around her wrists and ankles, in much the same way as the man has shackles. It looks as though she's just as trapped by her need to help as he is by his refusal to take it.
This makes me think of a scene writen in the Fallen series. Daniel just lost his true love again and is awaiting for her reincarnation while in prison because no human could understand how he wasn't at fault for her bursting into flames, so he punishes himself by denying any help from a girl he doesn't yet recognize. (which is a fututre version of his love jumping through all her past lives to fix what went wrong and continues the curse until "her" life happens.) He is such a poor fallen angel and takes on such a horrible burden for true love.