I wanted to try this technique (white on black paper). So I was flipping through a couple of modeling books (for artists), looking for an image. After a few pages, all the people start to look the same, but then, I stumbled on this photo of a gorgeous black man (whose name I do not know). The first thing that caught my attention was his ear. It really did seem to pop out at me, like it does in this drawing.
I thought of a couple things while working on this.
First, I thought of a certain friend, Tarringo T. Vaughan
, who has a blog called Diary of a Gay, Black Man
. The strength visible in the model's back is, in a way, a visual metaphor for the strength I see shining through Tarringo's writing. Love you Tarringo - keep on writing those awesome poems!
Second, I just finished Laurell K. Hamilton's Swallowing Darkness
. Doyle (aka The Queen's Darkness) is one of my favorite characters and I thought of him briefly, while working on this (those who have finished the book may think of a certain title he temporarily held but I don't want to give away any spoilers so...read the series).