Mob Rule

In the spirit of showing work as it's happening, and not just putting up my masterpieces (just in case you couldn't tell that from the previous posts - ha), here is some drawing homework. The assignment at the end of October was to draw a monster. It could be any kind of monster -- fairy-tale, institutional, cinematic, humorous, serious, whatever.

I've never been one for scary movies or Stephen King thrillers, but when I was in high school I regularly drove home on the weekends at midnight from a dinner theater gig. The narrow road twisted between two rivers, with just enough room on one side or the other for the occasional solitary house amongst the jungle of overgrowth. And the only thing on the radio at midnight was some kind of mystery theater program. It coincided exactly with my 30-minute trip, and I would arrive home terrified to get out of the car and go in the house. (Who knew what lurked in the carambola tree that shaded the front porch?)

The scariest episodes included a stranger and a case of mistaken identity carried by a mob mentality to the point of lynching. So that's what I drew. The 18" x 24" piece shows the hangman's noose against the darkness of the arch at the end of the street.

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3 Replies to “Mob Rule”

  1. A great drawing….love the texture and detail…..I like that you put the mob down in the bottom part of the picture and sent them pellmelling up that narrow passageway….ominous! I always look at your blog as I love your work and the links you share like the Laura Cooperman one….

  2. Thanks, Lorraine. I’m rather new to drawing — took my first drawing class this summer — and I’m just now starting to feel like I have some idea of what I want to do when I start a drawing. Sometimes 🙂

    Glad you like the links to various interesting art around the Internet, too.

  3. Hi Beth,
    I’m really surprised that you haven’t been drawing a long time. This drawing has a really oppressive look the way the buildings tower above the figures and the way it narrows. The perspective is great.

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