Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Post square 020613 ~ The Spoils

According to Wikipedia, the phrase "to the victory go the spoils" was first said by New York Senator William L. Marcy, and referred to the victory of the Jackson Democrats in the election of 1828; the term spoils meaning goods or benefits taken from the loser in a competition, election or military victory.

The photo on the front page of the Post today, from which this small portion was taken, is of the retiring Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, holding up the Super Bowl trophy. I think he must be on a parade float. There is a strange sort of flame-throwing device directly behind him, shooting columns of yellow flame straight up into the air. These two flaming columns caught my eye. They seemed to resemble human profiles facing each other.

I drew the piece up-side-down, though, because I didn't want the image to look too face-like. But when I turned it right-side-up it did anyway.

Drawn quickly and loosely at first, then using smaller and more careful pencil strokes to finish.

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