The Stranger Greets the Dawn

For highly rendered ink drawings I like to start with a detailed graphite line drawing. This piece started life as a proposed book illustration. If you look carefully, you can see the vertical line that marks the edge of the original drawing. When the editor selected another piece in its place, I finished the drawing to the left of the line, completing the composition with an additional figure—and gave it a title I sort of stole from Yeats. There’s a lot going on in this piece, but that’s what makes it fun, and challenging. A piece like this is meant to be looked at repeatedly and experienced on multiple levels. It’s inviting you to get lost in the world it represents. I’m looking forward to spending time with this piece very soon and I’ll share my progress here.

The Stranger Greets the Dawn – a work in progress (graphite under-drawing).

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