The Way of the Eagle (pencil drawing)
There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a young woman.
The Proverbs 30 Art Series is a collection of surreal graphite drawings I started at the beginning of 2015. I’ve taken the 33 verses of text from Proverbs 30 and have been creating one distinct drawing inspired by each concept.
Before making this drawing, I experimented with doodling a variety of bird motifs. While doing this, I realized that the eagle’s wing shape is very different from what you’d see in the average bird drawing.
At first I referenced a variety of eagle photos, and let the imagery stew in my mind for a little while.
Later that week, I visited an old church building with some simplified imagery on stained glass windows. There was a blocky dove made with just four basic shapes. I sketched out the image—the stained glass shapes looked kind of like this:
Later, I used both the motif and what I had observed in eagle wing shapes as inspiration for the final drawing.
Like all the drawings in this series, I used a well-sharpened semi-hard pencil stub on a small piece of vertically-oriented sketch paper.
I’ve really enjoyed developing this pencil style as I create the Proverbs 30 Series. I usually start with a free-form sketch with very light marks, and gradually hone it in with extremely precise marks. It’s more detailed than many other styles I’ve used.
What I enjoy the most about it, though, is the blend of abstraction and surrealism.