Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Fanciful Warrior

This tiny picture was rescued from a stack of my mother's sketches by my art-loving cousin Mitchell. He posted a picture of it on Facebook and I had to admit that I had no memory of doing the artwork, although I know it is from 1976. The date matches my illustration style of that time, which was done with a very thin 3-0 Rapidograph point with black ink, colored in watercolor. The armor is not historical; its design is inspired by theatrical Renaissance parade armor which would never have been worn in battle. I may have meant it to be an illustration of a character from Vergil's Aeneid. In those days I worked very small because I had no studio space, just a dormitory desk.

Black ink and watercolor on paper, about 3" x 7", 1976.

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