The Way of a Man with a Maiden | Laura Kranz

In the Proverbs 30 Art Series, you’ll see a growing collection of small surreal graphite drawings. They’re all the same size & dimensions, and are all in a similar style. Each one is based on a line from a short and not-super-popular passage in the book of Proverbs.

This drawing is the 29th in the whole set, and it’s based on a line in the 19th verse, which goes like this.

The way of an eagle in the air;
The way of a serpent upon a rock;
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea;
And the way of a man with a maiden.

This piece is based on the last of the four lines:

And the way of a man with a maiden.

Each of the four drawings based on this verse uses a vertical slash. On one side of the slash, the item the author describes is partially obscured. The reason for is the thing each item on this odd list has in common: they are things Agur, the author, claims to really just not understand.

29 Proverbs 30.19 The Way of a Man with a Maiden-1

I was tempted to take a much more racy approach with this drawing, but instead I kept it subtle. The abstract style of this series lends itself well to layering imagery that’s obscured enough to keep things ambiguous … but it just didn’t seem like the right series for a lot of subliminal sexual messaging.

Drawing specs

Name:               The Way of a Man with a Maiden
Dimensions
:    5″ x 7″—around the size of a greeting card
Materials:        Hard pencil on sketch paper
Series:              The 29th drawing in the Proverbs Art 30 Series

If you enjoy this piece, you might also like to check out my other surreal drawings. Or, if you’re the type of person who likes to make their own art, take a peek at this massive collection of drawing ideas—or learn a little about how I come up with surreal ideas for artworks.

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