illustration

I’m “drawn” to illustration (sorry-not sorry!). My first exposure to art was picture books and I was born around the time of “the golden age” of children’s book illustration: Robert McCloskey, Ludwig Bemelmans, Ernest Shepherd, Virginia Lee Burton. Wonderful stuff!

And I was brought up with The New Yorker – whose illustrated covers were almost always stories, and very often stories with a wink attached.

So I realized (later) all that came into play when I got the idea for this: a mash-up of a photo of a Swedish girl and her fuzzy dog, and an Edward Hicks ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ poster that has hung in my home for 30+ years.

(not quite done . . .)

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experiment

So, this was the challenge I set up for myself. Start with a warm-up. Warm up is using graphite on 24×36” paper. Warm up is drawing with my whole arms (a graphite stick in each hand) making as many different kinds of marks as I can, but without a plan. Just moving.

Part two: using an eraser only, pull out a self-portrait. No adding any more lines. And do it ten times.

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Part three: after 10 times I allowed myself to add in more lines. Still thinking about it. hmmmmm.

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