Started thinking about drawing something for St.Patrick's Day. I didn't want to create a religious image but instead thought about translating Patrick as a slave boy into a fantasy image. And there would have to be snakes, loads of snakes.
As usual, once I'd settled the image on paper I defined the pencil lines and inked the drawing . A larger snake fills the space at the top of the page. The snakes' expressions vary from openly hostile to curiosity.
Intensified the colour by laying down Faber-Castell coloured pencil and built up texture and shadow. Although his kneeling leg looked okay in pencil, and even during the ink stage, it now looks awkward. Perhaps the snake wrestling has twisted it...
St. Patrick's Day 2017
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