I’ve done 3 new drawings in the last 2 days, and I’m working on another one this morning before I head over to the printshop to polish the Challenge Proofing Press. These are very quickly snapped photos early this morning, before the sun finished coming out. I’ll take some better images later.
Not sure where all this series is going, but I’m enjoying it. I’m going to have the characters more physically interacting with the landscape in the next one, tugging up the ground. I also want to research hydraulic fracturing equipment and include some of that.
I’ve got a good little collection going. You can see some of the other ones up close in my earlier posts The Fringe Benefits of Failure and Flocking to the Pump. Below is a photograph of the art show on our living room floor right now.
Since I don’t have a lot else to write about these drawings just now, I will fill the rest of this space with a few good “first lines” from books I’ve read. I was reminded of these by this list of 100 Best First Lines from Novels by the American Book Review. I should make my own list someday. Sometimes when we spent lunch in the library during high school, I’d walk around just reading the first line from a bunch of novels. You can tell a lot about a book from the first line. As long as I’m not judging by the cover, I guess.
For now, here are a few more images of the drawings and my picks from the American Book Review‘s picks:
68. Most really pretty girls have pretty ugly feet, and so does Mindy Metalman, Lenore notices, all of a sudden. —David Foster Wallace, The Broom of the System (1987)
94. In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together. —Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)
3. A screaming comes across the sky. —Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
And a few of the earlier drawings:
16. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. —J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
38. All this happened, more or less. —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
47. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
50. I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. —Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)
2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
54. A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead. —Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)
6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)
30. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. —William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)