Tuesday, September 16, 2008

the rat, the king, the skulls and the duckling - 100 drawings in 100 days

this is the last of the catch-up! now i'm all up-to-date!! i think i am really developing an infinity for the pen and ink technique - it's like sculpting in a way, trying to carve out darker and darker recesses, while bringing forth the lighter, less touched areas. all the while, i just love drawing eyes! i just think eyes are the most amazing part of creatures, no matter what species!

from the top, we have the (eyeless! go figure...) "doggett street skulls", "circus duckling swimming", "sydney street rat", and "king crow and the man". now, i actually have seen a rat at my apartment in the driveway - he only comes out at night, and is pretty fast. so this is taken from a photograph of a posing rat, not a scavenging rat. the duckling, well my family used to have a few ducklings when i was a girl. my brother actually built the duckpond - well, he wanted to, but i think it was either my neighbor or my mom who did the digging; it was the neighbor who laid the concrete. and then we put in the ducks and ducklings... they were so cute!

now i don't actually have a pile of skulls in my basement, but i did rent a studio space in oklahoma city that did have a pile of skulls in the back stairwell. they were casts of real skulls, but not the actual skull. nonetheless, they were still life-like and creepy, but in a good way! the artists there were great guys - slightly on the dark side.

and then the crows - my favorite! this is taken from the studies i drew in preparation for the painting i did years ago, titled "crown of crows". this painting depicted a circle of crows around a dead crow. this was the death ceremony of the crows. fabulous!

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