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I've been working with pen and ink illustration again. I loved this medium in high school, and I won a bit of scholarship with it.
When I got to college, my Professor Lasansky, insisted that it was shallow and illustrative, and that it would hinder my development as an artist.
So I haven't touched this sort of thing in four years. I'm finally getting around to revisiting it, and, now that I've taken a dive into the development of a traditionally trained artist, I do appreciate the facture of a good graphite drawing, and I love painting, and I love line, form, and that delicious copulation of figure and ground.
But I still love pen and ink illustration. And now that I'm on my way out, I'm gonna do what I love to do.
I'm hoping to color this piece later. I'm looking at old fin-de-siecle poster art, and the images of high-flying trapeze artists and elegant dancers atop elephants have me completely enraptured. I'm also revisiting a story that is loaded with all sorts of meaning for me.