May 18 2011

#18 “Eye to Eye”

From Paul

So much about this wolf strikes me, and when I examine him, many questions are raised. For example, is the artist trying to make a comment through his use of this particular shade of blue? Is there a significance to the lack of a body attached to the wolf? What does the absence of teeth stand for? What about the angular features? The wolf appears as if it is almost smiling, but the sharp angular features of the piece suggest a raw intensity. Notice the steep summits of the ears, the pointy nature of the mane-like hair that frames the face, the sharpness of the nose and chin.

But what I especially notice is that intriguing set of eyes. When you really think about it, the eyes are truly a magical part of the body. No other organ is able to project so much outwardly and simultaneously gather so much external information and deliver it to our brains inwardly. For it is primarily with our eyes that we can communicate so deeply with others, and it is also with our eyes that we understand the world around us. They emote as well as gather and analyze.

Focusing specifically on this image designed by Paul, one will notice that he has employed a method of illustration that is fairly uncommon: he has drawn the wolf facing the viewer directly instead of opting for drawing a profile piece. This method is most advantageous because it allows us to look deep into these ocular portholes of lupine wisdom.

Tell me this: if the eyes are the windows to the soul, what do we know about the spirit of this particular wolf?