After my morning class I got started preparing the angels and devils sketches, moving toward decisions on what these big pieces are going to be.Â
I’m particularly enjoying the scorpion-like people in the desert, and the hermit with the three figures in the distance. The two angels are more obvious, lacking subtlety, so they might not make the cut. I plan to continue drawing to see where the ideas go to, following the pathway the images take rather than trying to dictate their growth too severely. I like the way that one of the figures has fallen to the ground in the second scorpion sketch, for example, it brings a narrative to the image. Will the other scorpion person attack him now he’s down? Why is he on the floor?
I also spent a bit of time altering the hands in the Fortitude painting, giving them a bit of drama as they move to hold the mouth of the bear, controlling it without effort – not unlike the magician card. I think placing them in action is more interesting than having them already engaged.