Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is a cut branch off of a beach tree with red thread and jute twine. The brush part is made of steel wool. I must admit that I chose this material partly because I wanted to see what would happen when it rusted… how would that affect the line and colours of the inks. The brush surprisingly soaked in lots of ink and I didn’t think I could get any sort of fine lines. This was the last drawing in this series and I was deep in thought about an upcoming portrait project I have. I was also thinking about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which my daughter had just read at school and was discussing her thoughts and impressions with me… It is one of, if not my very favourite story. The more I thought about the creature, the more I enjoyed how masterfully Shelley expressed all the emotions he went through during his awakening and journey of self-discovery. I think he is one of the most tragic characters ever written. Of course, my mind raced through all the myriad fictional characters based on this creature and landed on The Swamp Thing. As usual, I let my hand go and it pulled something like Bernie Wrightson’s illustrations for both of these creatures.

Dimension: 15″ (38cm) x 11″ (28cm)

Materials: India ink on Watercolour Paper

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