charcoal pencil, 3/15/83


This was done during a pretty bad period for me- nothing in the world looked or felt like it could go anywhere but down; and as usual, art was my way of dealing with it. A lot of good stuff ended up coming out of it. I was spending a lot of time trying to complete Night Circus and/or Watcher (at this time I thought they might be two separate projects). This is very much under the influence of "Watcher"- the post-apocalyptic landscape, the degenerated, scarcely human thing in the foreground. The Pac Man symbol appears here for a few reasons, the most public of which is that the game was all the rage at the time, and I thought it symbolized both mindless entertainment and mindless greed really well.


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