Everyday 026 – The Incubator

The Incubator is a cyborganic dark knight of the future and the product of a diabolical scientific mind. A mind that chooses to pickle pieces of people on the roaming warriors he builds in his starkly lit laboratory. The loose linework of this drawing and large areas of black reflect the incubator’s unpredictable and often malevolent nature.  

drawing of a skeletal knight with sword and snake and pickled body parts

Following the breakthrough on yesterday’s drawing, Witchhammer, I was excited to push further into abstract or ambiguous imagery on Incubator. One of the best pieces of criticism I received in art school came from a professor who told me my drawings were too literal. She argued that every line had meaning and purpose and was serving to define something, and that lack of ambiguity actually diminished interest in the artwork.

At the time, I didn’t fully appreciate the importance of what she was telling me, though her words have been echoing with me as I work on these newer everyday drawings. The Incubator is the least structured drawing I’ve done recently, and the one most connected to automatic drawing. There are several areas in it where I wasn’t interested in creating specific imagery, and I was happy to let the shapes and textures melt into relative abstraction.

Perhaps the most specific aspects of this drawing are the baby in the jowl sac and the head suspended in the urine solution. I don’t have exact answers about where that imagery came from, except that they were part of my subconscious mind and were revealed through the semi-automatic drawing process.


My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 026 – Incubator is listed at $26.00.

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