‘Perfect Peace’, Final

Title: ‘Perfect Peace’
Year: 1995
Medium: Graphite (6h to 6b)
Format: appr. 17″ x 14″, framed with a double matte, colors meduim brown and tan with white interiors, followed by a wooden frame dyed medium grey to match the graphite.
Other Versions: Study

Details: This is a graphite rendition of the Bible story, Daniel and the Lion’s Den. I drew this when I was 15 years old for a high school competition. It placed 1st at State and 9th at Internationals that year. I drew this image from a pen & ink image I found in my high school art teacher’s library. I can’t remember the name of the book now, but I know where I wrote it down so I’ll update this post later with that information.

'Perfect Peace', copyright 1995, Berta C. Roebuck

One of the things I like best about this piece is that I somehow managed to draw lions in the rocks also. The craziest thing is that I didn’t mean to draw them in. Someone just pointed out to me one day that she thought it was great that even the rocks were lions too. Sure enough, I looked and there they were! In the very top right of the drawing there is a profile of a lion with a large mane looking down upon Daniel. It almost looks as if Daniel is looking up at him as well. Another lion, or lioness, that was found is in along the middle right side of the drawing, crawling down towards the lioness that’s crouching on the rock.

The school I went to at the time I drew this had a very strict dress code and the boys had to keep their hair cut off their collars and ears. When I first submitted this piece at State, I was told that if I was going to submit it at Internationals I should consider changing Daniel’s hair to be off the collar. What? I couldn’t believe it! Change my drawing? No way. So I left it as it was… I mean seriously, I highly doubt Daniel had a clean crew cut back in the days of the Old Testament, but I guess there’s no way for us to know.