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Black Lung



I am really struggling with this drawing. It is hard to control the charcoal on this scale. Difficult to maintain the digital quality. Probably have to try a different medium. But it is still interesting, because it has turned into a "black lung' which is what smokers get. It also begins to remind me of early Mondrian drawings. That was long before pixelization!

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