“The Knife”

(Sketchbook 2015) Personal Sketches 91fin

I am, to be honest, still figuring out where this piece went. I think it was a great experiment for me, and it seems to be becoming a series for me to draw women in priestess outfits. I think a lot of this is because I have been thinking about the world of The Fallen Father.

I wanted The Fallen Father to be a darker tale, a more stained place, showcasing the worst of us, and, hopefully, by comparison, the best of us.

I still haven’t decided, or know, if the look on the woman’s face is the beginning of terror or acceptance. Is she creating pain for herself because she likes it or is it, in fact, a manipulation of some great force? I don’t know. I wish I had more to say about this piece, but I think it is fascinating to me because I get to sit with it more and figure out what it is trying to tell me, let alone what it might say about The Fallen Father, or people in general, if it says anything like that at all.

I’d would heartily welcome opinions, etc, on the matter. What do you see?


  1. This is quite a piece, less defined and more open to interpretation. Those are always fun.

    Well, a woman is obviously performing a ritual, that’s a given. Judging by the look on her face, I don’t see it as manipulation, more as an uncertain calling. Calling of something dark and ancient, something wicked. Her face may manifest terror, uncertainty even, she perhaps doubts the path she has taken, but it’s too late to go back now. She may even be surprised and taken back by the sensation of the knife and pouring of her blood, the physical aspect of the calling may not be as bad as she imagined it would be, on the contrary. She might be lost in the moment, for a second forgetting the nature of what she is calling forth…and judging by the position of the arms answering her call, she is in for some further surprises.


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    1. A very interesting reading, one which I support full-heartedly! I felt like, on some level, she was originally a priestess for the Ynalda of Death but somehow became corroded and didn’t know what she was getting into.

      I like the idea of her being almost unaware of what may be happening next, or unsure of what she has gotten herself into (because clearly she isn’t showing signs of being truly malicious, but more a clueless observer and listener). Maybe she is easily swayed into believing that this will somehow make life better, who knows. Maybe this is a symbolic representation of her current state, or maybe it is, indeed, a literal summoning of something beyond her.

      I like discussing this with someone! It makes my mind start running with all kinds of ideas, stories, and thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to respond.


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