Guard your heart . . . . by evon ski

Guard your heart . . . . by 

Illustration for novel.
Scripture in Proverbs:
Above ALL else ~ Guard your Heart
for it is the Wellspring of Life.
hmmm . . . . .
Graphite drawing 15 × 20″ on hot press illustration board.
Hands need more development. Need that 4:00 clock North light to shoot good quality pix and I missed it.
ahh rats!! it’s not like just baking muffins you know. Ha haaa. These drawings always take their sweet time and some parts go quick and some parts are . . . so . . . . flipping . . . flapping . . . crazy making . . slow. A dear friend of mine once said – “it’s like waiting for a baby to be born”. yeah kinda is. :))
As a side note:
My students enjoyed seeing the beginning of this drawing and want to see how it turned out. I was telling them, the reference photos are a guide, a starting point to build off of. Here is the shot I took for this piece and you can see the facial expression is more exaggerated in the drawing. The rest of the elements came slowly as I was working on this. Thanks for taking time to view.

enjoy making direct work from natural materials in my prairie and wildlife sanctuary.
i am a very restless person and I work in many different ways with a variety of media.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh

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  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant work, yvonca! Hands? It’s the eyes I’m looking at!

  • Yes?? Thank you Hon. I made sure to do those first before I even tried to develop the rest of this. That’s really good to hear and I greatly appreciate it. :))

    – evon ski

  • - nawroski -
    - nawroski -about 3 years ago

    great feeling and liquid flow! the raven with the pearl makes it more for me to see.

  • ha haa. cool comment to hear. the only part that went quick . . . . was that bird. So thanks for letting me know that. :)

    – evon ski

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadabout 3 years ago

    Nourish your heart! Fingers need a bit more legnth is all!

  • I love that word. NOURISH. what a picture, not just to feed . . but to nourish means (to me) to choose with care the finest possible foods . . . yeah WOW. Thank you so much for that thoughtful and resonating comment Mark.
    Hands. That one left one, keeps wanting to be a child’s hand. I’m trying to listen well. x.

    – evon ski

  • tweaked. yeah? not my best hand drawing.

    – evon ski

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyabout 3 years ago

    Well done!

  • Hi Ellen, Thanks for the cheer! :)

    – evon ski

  • Karen Gingell
    Karen Gingellabout 3 years ago

    the eyes draw you in – agree with Mark re:hands – also what does the raven have in his mouth?
    It is a beautiful drawing

  • i think it’s a pearl . . wait. . . . yeah he says it’s a pearl. just being a goof. I am a bit unsure abot how to reslolve the fingers, but I guess it will come to me. Thanks so much Karen.

    – evon ski

  • Will Vandenberg
    Will Vandenbergabout 3 years ago

    So true and brilliant work

  • Will, thanks for taking a look and giving your feedback. I so appreciate it. x

    – evon ski

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 3 years ago

    it’s you through the mirror of yourself

  • sheesh that’s profound. always love your comments Dennis.
    I think this one needs to be cooked a little more.

    – evon ski

  • Phil
    Philabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous detail. Strong, beautiful drawing.

  • Thanks so much for those bracing words Phil. :))

    – evon ski

  • Bumchkin
    Bumchkinabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant work! :)

  • Thanks, really a wonderful thing to say. :)

    – evon ski

  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyabout 3 years ago

    on my shoulder
    at the crossroads
    A Blue black
    charcoal Raven,
    gatekeeper to the void,
    bringing a pearl
    of wisdom
    to whisper in my ear.
    behind me
    the land is cleared
    of stone and scrub
    the boulders piled
    high with the phallic
    arrogance of a prick
    that took the fields
    of nature apart
    to sow
    a single crop
    and leave
    to someone else
    to worry about.
    I too have
    tried to grow
    many thoughts
    at once in the
    sweet meadow
    where dreams
    are born
    to scamper
    in the spring fields
    of thought
    a scared site
    is ploughed
    and the spirits
    are shaken.
    they hover
    and gather
    as we watch
    the sparks
    of the camp fire
    fly like fairies
    and disappear.
    The corpse of the
    queen is taken
    on a feather
    and carried
    in the funeral
    cortege to
    the drones
    and drums
    of sorrow
    behind her
    in a golden
    hazel nut
    the king.
    An eyeless
    spirit in
    stares at me
    they depart
    he wails
    in a hoarse
    I make out
    the words
    my hands
    across me
    as he says
    “Guard your heart”
    and leaves me
    like a leaf


  • Tim I am stunned by this. It is wild and fabulous, wonderful, thrilling and disturbing all at once.
    Seriously- you are ’effin AMAZING. I am truly blown away.I will include this one the collab book ~ which is still growing. And that is fanatastic. Thank you for sharing your incredible poetic and even prophetic gifting here. xx

    – evon ski

  • damn boy! you took a drawing and made it into a movie. I remember I was in a tough place when I drew this one, painfully sooo slowly eking out the details like waiting for seeds to sprout . . . not knowing what kind . . weeds or fruit . . while what it echoed . . . my own desire to guard my heart . . too late after the horse had torn out of the gates. tis a brilliant writing.

    – evon ski

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