I'm not sure how long I'll maintain my interest in this Death & Circus theme, but so far it continues to facinate me. When I was deluged with assignments in years past, I decided I'd draw only things I like drawing when, one day down the pike, I had the opportunity. Many of my illustrator friends love the act of drawing and anything out there is fair game. I dreaded drawing so many things that I often wondered why the hell I became an illustrator. To make a living is the most honest answer, although I did like the recognition, particularly among my illustrator cohorts. Now that I am much less busy with assignments, I am fully relishing the opportunity to draw only things I love to draw. As you can see in this series, I favor tall, wobbly tents, clowns, monkeys and large round beasts, like the rhino and the elephant. I wonder what will catch my interest once I weary of the circus. I hope I'm not boring others with these Death at the Circus drawings, but so far, I'm not boring myself.
Those familiar with the work of Bill Traylor, will see that I've confiscated his dog image. He was a truly amazing artist. He was born into slavery and, after spending the greater part of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper, he began drawing at age 85. From 1939 to 1939, created almost 1,500 works of art. I love his work and I am a piker in comparison. I have just over a decade to match his output with my new work.