Merovingian is a 14″x17″ pen and ink drawing, drawn using a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. After creating an initial drawing concept in pencil, I drew all of the detail with ink. All shapes are drawn completely freehand. This drawing is available in 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20 archival quality prints. The 16×20 print has the same dimensions as the original drawing, just printed on slightly larger paper.
Many of my drawings are recreations of existing images. Frequently, after a drawing is completed, I find things I would like to do differently. “Merovingian” is a re-drawing of Invention with much more fine detail. It has the same bulkhead at the top of the structure held in place with rivets and pendulum-like armatures supported by a central spindle. In this case the bulkhead at the bottom is connected to a suspension with wheels and tracks. There are electric motors, hydraulics, electrical wiring and power cables, pivots and rollers. Creating this new design was a major challenge as it is difficult to integrate many fine details into a cohesive construction.