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Which Came First

This entire image was drawn, including the tape, paper, and background mat board.  It's 16 x 12 and rendered with charcoal , carbon, and graphite pencils. Charcoal for the mat background, and carbon and graphite for the other elements. The drawing is an illustration of the conundrum about the chicken and the egg, but I have included and additional visual paradox that adds to t he riddle. At the bottom of the picture, the pencil breaks the plane of the paper, making it appear to be taped to the drawing. However, the top of the pencil includes a cast shadow that follows the plane of the wooden ledge. This gives the impression that the pencil is taped to the wood in the image..

"Which Came First?" is now available as a 16x 12 limited edition print. This is a limited edition of 750. To reproduce the extremely  subtle value changes in this drawing I used a method of printing called a Piezograph Giclee. This is the only method of printing I know of that can produce the subtle value changes needed to depict a white piece of paper on top of a white piece of paper. 

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