I thought it might be fun to share a work-in-progress.

This project was inspired by a song lyric. At around 3AM I was saved from the tedium of insomnia by a documentary on the music of the 1960s. The show offered (amongst other treasures) a rendition of ‘High Flying Bird’ recorded by Richie Havens in 1969 (authored – so far as I can see – by Billy Edd Wheeler).

The vocals were wonderful…and one line in particular kept leaping out at me. It needed to be drawn.

Above is my initial (very rough!) sketch, along with the snippet of lyrical inspiration from which it sprang.

I then used the rough as a guide to block out the figure in more detail, adding some light and shade to solidify the form.

I’m quite pleased with the sketch so far and looking forward to tackling the next stages … watch this space 🙂


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