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13.11.07

Scale

Something for this week's Illustration Friday, on the theme of Scale. This is a drawing I just made (yesterday evening) in preparation for a dry point print. I will post samples of the prints (which will be mirrored due to the printing process: the little man will be on the right side.)
This is a closeup of the incised copper plate:
And this is the preliminary drawing (pencil on paper, 27 x 18 cm):
These cliffs and rock layers are imaginary. This is a subject that has always fascinated me and very often I find myself sketching imaginary landscapes full of layered rock formations. Sometimes I use them as a perfect excuse to apply a variety of colours to the different strata!

The scale of human life is almost insignificant, when compared to the time span of Geologic processes. Sedimentation, formation of rock from sediments, folding of the layers, emerging... take millions of years. A rock formation like this could easily take hundreds of millions of years since the beginning of sedimentation until the visible outcrop represented here.

It wasn't until well into the 19th century that scientists became fully aware of the immensity of the geologic time scale. And yet we had to wait until the 20th century for a precise way to measure the amazing lenght of Earth's history.

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