Happy?

This was drawn and etched in high school as part of a printmaking class. The theme was open. Like the Social Commentary Dragon, this image is filled with symbolism. In this particular image I focused exclusively on the alcohol and how I viewed it.

I remember doing a few pieces like this – with heavy social commentary/opinion – expecting viewers to comment, but never getting any feedback. Not even the usual compliments on whatever level of skill I was at. I later realized that my commentary was most often viewed as a personal attack on the viewers’ likes – because who doesn’t drink beer or wine or whisky? It is rare to find a non-drinker.

Materials used: Pencil > pen > etching > print-press