The Way of the Eagle (Proverbs 30 art) | Laura Kranz
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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.

Often there’s more than one concept bundled in a verse. Proverbs 30:19 is four lines long:

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.

The author (Agur) is listing four things he claims he just doesn’t understand. Instead of trying to fit them all in one drawing, I’ve broken up the concepts—starting with the first line.

The way of an eagle in the air;

Proverbs 30.19 The Way of the Eagle

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:

Basic dove motifLater, 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.

Drawing specs

Name:               The Way of the Eagle
:    5″ x 7″—the size of a standard greeting card
Materials:        Hard pencil on sketch paper
Series:              The 26th drawing in the Proverbs 30 Art Series

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