I drew a weird line drawing of a fish with a pencil on a pad of paper. On the next page of the pad, I traced the indented lines of the pencil. Repeated. After that, hailing The Big Lebowski, I shaded over all of the indents.
I made the original of this a year ago, and although my art has changed since I started working digitally, the idea of layers of lines and varying opacity has continued to shape my artistic aesthetic and perspective.
A palimpsest (in the title of the work) is something that reveals the layers beneath it (like a chalk board). The deconstruction of the palimpsest (showing all of the layers explicitly, as I’ve done below) tells the story of the drawing process. I drew this a while ago in the dining room of my parents’ place. The pad I used was one of those Realtor promotions. I cropped out the Realtor’s face.