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Scabby Bill by almostexpelled Scabby Bill by almostexpelled
"In the morning Scabby Bill could be found sleeping up against the back wall as if he owned it, collapsed into angles, one long skinny leg sticking out, his entire naked black body on full view except for the once-pink bonnet on his head, sitting on black hair frizzled as if singed, a tattered ribbon hanging down over one ear, singing and chuckling and frowning by turns.
Yes he was a fine figure. The sunlight fell on the crags and slopes of his face, the eyes cast into deep shadow beneath the ridge of his brow. The creases beside his mouth could have been carved in stone."

- The Secret River by Kate Grenville


The Secret River is one of our year 12 texts. It is set in early colonial Australia when the English convicts "invaded".
Scabby Bill is an indegenous Australian (aborigine) that gets drunk on the Thornhill's alcohol and prances around entertaining the whites with nothing but a pink bonnet on.
He is a symbolism of how the whitess saw the Blacks as savages - tto be laughed at and publicily ridiculed.

I was inspired to draw him for a couple of reasons:
A.) I draw images relating to my texts for my english/homeroom teacher as she loves them (and boy did she love our Scabby Bill).
B.) Despite the political incorrectness in favouring him for his behaviour i find him quite an interesting character and admire him for his bravery in interacting with the English.

HB mechanical, 2B, 3B and paper. 5.5 hours.
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Shebet Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
This is definately your best drawing so far! :)
U need to find a better scanner though - it does not do your work justice!
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almostexpelled Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
thats cos its not a scan. i didnt have access to a scanner so i had to take a photo of it.
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klazien Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Very good portrait ! And it's very interesting to read about him. Well done !
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