Drawing Sources

What's up with the jawbone?

I must begin my first blog with the jawbone.  I do love it.

When I worked on the farm, we would bury calves that had died in the hedgerow of a field near the barn.  One day I was wandering in the woods just beside the farm and I stumbled upon a burial site where a calf's bones had emerged with the frost.  The bones were so beautiful in their contrast with the surrounding environment, but then I saw the jawbone.  I was immediately taken by its uniqueness, so different from the other bones I saw there.   And I have been fond of that shape for decades since.

I love the curve of the jawbone and the indentations and hooks.  The bone has a smooth flatness whose edges undulate in a pleasing manner. The calf jawbone appears in many of my drawings as the central character.