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Abyss or Deliverance

Abyss or Deliverance

Pastel on Paper - 70 x 100 cm


A drawing of a detailed eye with a dark figure in the centre. This drawing's purpose is to show the intense emotions or reaction to being confronted with something inconceivable, whether it be good or bad, within you or in front of you. Inspired by Nietzsche's quote: “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”


The drawing was created using a range of black and white pastels, on PastelMat paper. I choose to draw in grey-tone to emphasise the values, creating dramatic lighting and a deep atmosphere. The resulting image is realistic, yet expressive.

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