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Mr. Wednesday by thanamosity Mr. Wednesday by thanamosity
Mr. Wednesday
Pencil on Bristol paper

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CaroleHumphreys Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This critique has been left on behalf of #Graphite-Gods as previously requested. Sorry for the delay in doing this critique.

I immediately thought of American Gods also when I saw the title, and I see from your response there's not really a connection. I thought the one large eye might have significance in relation to Odin, but it seems not. I'm assuming this Mr Wednesday has three eyes as there is an indication of where the third eye would be sited. I like how the eyes have an ornamental quality and their darkness is intriguing, suggesting Mr Wednesday is an unfathomable creature. The tilt of his head to one side suggests he is looking at us, just as we are looking at him, and I could believe it would be him who would find us lacking in quality, rather than the other way around. :) The third eye could also indicate he has knowledge of the future and his bowed head might be bearing the weight of this knowledge.

Mr Wednesday is most elegantly dressed. The crumple in the collar is the only clue his attire might not be so comfortable and he might wish to lose the tie. It's an enigmatic portrait and we can only second-guess what this character represents. I might go out on a whim and connect the rhyme 'Wednesday's child is full of woe' with the power of prophecy suggested by the third eye, this would suggest he carries a great weight and maybe all the cares and woes of the world. Or it could be just a quirky portrait of a bird.

The portrait is very dark with large areas of flat black, but this seems fitting for the subject. I feel I can't penetrate this darkness, just as I can't easily determine what Mr Wednesday is about. Is his head held in sorrow? Or is he choosing to turn from us? (only you might know).

The work you have put into the detail of his head is stunning. I like the distressed feathers above his beak, they really add character. I also like the cropping and how you have composed the portrait. He really is a fine fellow and I'd love to know more about him.
thanamosity Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
"He makes a great release for himself, without demanding it from others or even considering it his duty to communicate it to others and impose it on them."
F. Nietzsche
From his late notebooks.
thanamosity Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the detailed critique!
With this drawing I was trying to balance a certain existianist seriousness with a cartoonie quirk to it. However I'm not very good with words and you comments hit it right on the head.

As for the symbolism with the eye, I like to think that this is Odin's eye that has grown the body of the bird. Or at least in a non-literal way. I'm not sure if the knowledge he carries is wisdom of insight or if he is some prophet of doom. I do know however that what ever knowledge he carries is occult and in plan view. And who ever knows it, feels a sense of dread.
At least that was what I was going for.

Once again, thank you for the critique.
CaroleHumphreys Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. It was a pleasure to do the critique.
Am I being too bold in asking if this is Mr. Wednesday from American Gods? Whether or not it is, fantastic job!
thanamosity Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's not, but I did kinda have him in mind when I started this. I really just want to draw personifications of the 7 days of the week.
Good to know that I'm not completely imagining things, haha. That's great, I'll be looking forward to more of your work! :)
this is so creepy! awesome!
you should see him in real life
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