Orwell’s toad


Great inspiration and a great toad!

This great sketch could almost make one like toads.

The texture you’ve got in the skin is really good, and that wonderful eye.

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In his essay ‘Some thoughts on the common toad’ (1946) George Orwell described its eyes: ‘... a toad has about the most beautiful eye of any living creature. It is like gold, or more exactly it is like the golden-coloured semi-precious stone which one sometimes sees in signet rings, and which I think is called a chrysoberyl.’ This inspired my drawing in Derwent graphite, Prismacolor white and Faber-Castell pastel pencils on Strathmore grey toned paper.

About the Artist
James Underwood

Other than sketching on agenda papers during tedious committee meetings, I started drawing and painting only after several years in retirement. Then, almost 70 years old, I first attended an art course. Still so much to learn, thankfully! — “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is…

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