Ink Drawing of an ancient Wasilla Tractor

One of my favorite places to find old vehicles is the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, Alaska.  I think this is such a cool place that I arranged a field trip for an art class for student research one year, that was graciously hosted by museum chief volunteer and good friend, Faye Palin ( yes, one of those Palins).  This old tractor caught my eye with the wooden spoke front wheels, complete with bucket topping the engine cowl.  I placed the tractor against a dark background to emphasize the light and shadow of the many different shapes in the drawing.  Originally I thought the background should take on the outline of distant foliage as shown at this stage, but I later changed my mind as you shall see in future posts.  This is the beginning sketch with the first layer of ink lines.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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