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Allison Whitby

Finished June 9, 2005. 0.5mm mechanical pencil, white gel pen, and very small amounts of black ballpoint pen (the dots on the tips of the wings) on sketch paper, rigorously de-smudged in Photoshop. And now for something completely different. I came up with this thing after desperately searching the web for images of Lee Bontecou's artwork (she's a truly spectacular abstract artist, but good luck finding her stuff anywhere), and then a few hours of listening to Seal in complete darkness after the electricity went out. This thing started as a dragon head, then the Bontecou infection turned it all geometric and funky, then somehow it sprouted a wing off its forehead, then I added another wing because the whole thing looked out of balance. It took about 8 hours of erasing and redrawing, filling in black areas with white gel pen, scraping off the excess gel pen with a thumb tack, accidentally scraping off too much and having to put more white on, smearing pencil all over the drawing and having to carefully erase it off, etc. By the way, the title refers to the process of my normal dragon sketch turning into...this.

Published More than a year ago

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