I've written before about Saint Expedite, the patron of those seeking prompt relief from their troubles. I'm working on a little chapbook about his history and his influence in New Orleans. Naturally, I want to illustrate it myself.
Typical of my cheapskate ways, I used the smallest possible piece of paper possible. Also typical, I made a mistake on the initial run and had to start over. So much for saving paper.
This is an illustration of the Devil disguised as a crow that Saint Expedite killed by stomping on it. The first draft had more realistic proportions. As usual, when I repeat something the shorthand takes over and it becomes more abstract. Does this resemble a crow? As someone who practices the school of art known as "Just Good Enough," I think it will do. I'm no Andrew Wyeth.
Sure enough, I went right up to the edge of the page. Not initially though. I scanned the image when I had finished and decided it needed more oomph. The drawing before I fiddled with it: