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Volume 56
Issue 1

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Lindsay Smith- AP Drawing Portfolio
Lindsay Smith
When we die, where do we go? My religious background has taught that life after death should be viewed in a positive light; however, I wanted to investigate what that might look or feel like for others who view life after death to be an unfavorable experience. Working with charcoal and pen and ink, I attempted to balance the contrast between light and dark to display a journey between both beliefs.
My investigation begins with the end; the celestial heaven taught to be sought after. I took a backwards approach, showing the journey one might face as they fall away from the idealized paradise. Figure 3 depicts the initial exit from a highest realm of glory, however there needed to be clearer movement to display falling angels. To show this, I experimented with atmospheric perspective and smudging to emphasize movement in my eighth piece. While my first pieces concentrated on silhouetted figures, my final pieces work with defined figures to emphasize the journey from paradise to purgatory.