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bridgeGraphite on Drawing Paper, 1999

This was my first full-scale graphite drawing done solely from my imagination.  I found that most of my previous drawings were more like sketches, with a figure or two in the center and no concern for composition or scenic detail.  With Bridge over Troubled Waters, I tried to fill the page and concentrated heavily on shadows, composition, lighting, and contrast.  Even so, there is a HUGE difference in technical quality between works created solely from your imagination and those created with photo references.  Compare this image with Topaz, below.