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

My Proverbs 30 Art Series is a growing collection of small surreal graphite drawings. The whole group of art pieces is a visual exploration of a cryptic chunk of Bible text—you guessed it—Proverbs 30. (Not to be confused with Proverbs 31, which is much more popular.)

Every single one is made using the same style and medium—I take a hard pencil and create rather abstract and detailed drawings on 5″ x 7″ pieces of hand-cut sketch paper.

For the 27th drawing in the series, I’m working through Proverbs 30:19, which is a list of things the author says he just doesn’t get:

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.

In the 26th drawing, I explored the first line. Now we’re on to line two:

The way of a serpent upon a rock;

In the previous drawing, I used a similar vertical slash like I did in the drawing below, representing a sort of obscuring of the object. 

27 Proverbs 30.18 The Way of the Serpent-1

The shading turned out nicely in this piece—particularly along the body of the serpent.

Drawing specs

Name:               The Way of the Serpent
Dimensions
:    5″ x 7″—around the size of a greeting card
Materials:        Hard pencil on sketch paper
Series:              The 27th drawing in the Proverbs Art 30 Series

All of the pieces in this series blend some surreal and some abstract undertones. I love coming up with surreal concepts because I think they grant a lot of freedom to communicate complex subject matter without making too complex of an image.

The abstract shapes come from a maturing technique I started developing ages ago when I stumbled upon the style that led to the Organic Form Drawings. This abstract technique is best used with graphite or colored pencil.

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