I often stew on poems (and a poet’s blog, for that matter) for a long time before coming up with an illustration, so today’s post has been a comparative whirlwind for me! I have only recently become acquainted with Mr. Rico Craig and his fantastic poetry blog ricoandhisroboteye – and on top of that this particular poem of his, posted on Jan 21st, was an example of one that strikes me with an illustration immediately upon reading it. Mr. Craig calls Half-way an “oddity from 2015,” but for me so far, it is a standout. I do highly recommend reading the whole poem here.
With this illustration I decided to embrace a “no-erase” policy and to try to work my mistakes into the drawing (pointillism shading really helps with that: it covers almost any stray mark up!) or to simply let them be when they occurred. Drawing (ink on paper) and composition by me, excerpt from Half-way by Rico Craig. Enjoy!