The main style of the painting is pop art and tags female characters, emotions and portraits. The painting was derived and inspired from Tony Abruzzo's panel from "Run for Love!" in Secret Hearts, no. 83 (November 1962), DC Comics.
Roy Lichtenstein produced many comic painting depicting women in love and romance related issues. Therefore, Hopeless is one of these paintings he did in 1960s.
Hopeless painting depicts a vulnerable teary- eyed young woman who seams stressed up. The woman fills the majority of the canvas. However, Roy made some modifications to the original painting by applying bright and vibrant colors together with wavy and bold lines which intensify the emotions in the painting scene.
The painting Hopeless communicates to the viewer and in this way Lichtenstein was able to communicate his message to the painting viewers. Although the paintings was from a comical source, the artist wanted to depict the stress that women go through especially with romance issues.
The woman depicted in the painting looks young and beautiful but with teary eyes. Lichtenstein used bright color on the hair to depict her beauty to the viewer and also small note on what is going on her mind.
The use of strong and bright colors gives the viewer an opportunity to take a closer look at the painting and wonder what would be bothering such a beautiful woman whom seems to be in her mid-twenties. The main theme in the Hopeless painting is romance and the issues that women go through in their daily life and in the society in general.
Lichtenstein was able to use his painting technique and talent to communicate important messages to the society through his works such as the Hopeless painting.
From the Hopeless painting, Lichtenstein’s work can be considered as a major advancement in color, form, composition and the overall powerful image communication. In the Hopeless painting, Roy derived an enduring art from other forms of fleeting entertainment while at the same time remaining relatively true to the main source.
The particular source during this era was considered to be typical melodramatic romantic comical scene. This painting was creative and well laid out to communicate the intended message and still remain comical.