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Touch of Gray - Pencil Drawing - Just a Number Series

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This original pencil drawing is Touch of Gray. It is derived from an identification photo (discovered by Bruce Jackson) from the Arkansas State Prison taken sometime between 1915 to 1937. This world weary looking man was identified only as number 11857.

The drawing was created with pencils and brushed-on graphite on an antique tissue paper overlay from a 1903 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The tissue paper is stained and mottled from being in contact with the color print it once protected. The discolorations, wrinkles, ripples, and creases add a wonderful character and texture to the piece.

This piece is from my "Just a Number" series. These are derived from vintage mug shots or prison ID photos. I find the people in these photos, often identified only by a number, intriguing because to me they serve to remind us of our humanity, fraility, and need for redemption. We are all more than just a number.

The actual image size is approx. 3 1/2 x 6 inches. The tissue paper page is 7 x 10 inches. The artwork is sealed with fixative. It is signed and ships to you in an acid-free plastic sleeve sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard. It is unmatted and unframed so the delicate tissue paper must be handled very carefully. Watermark does not appear on drawing.

The artist retains all copyright privileges and protections. Sale of artwork does not transfer copyright.

Copyright 2011 Carol Hopper

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Touch of Gray - Pencil Drawing - Just a Number Series


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  • Materials: graphite pencil, antique tissue paper
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