Tom Wills, 49, is a Cortland, Ohio-based newspaper editor by day, and artist by nights and weekends.
Frank Axtell by Tom Wills
Pencil, 3' x 4' 9approx.), January 2011
"I want my drawings to look like watercolor paintings in black and white, somewhere between a photograph and a sketch. The actual lines are not as important, most times, as the degree of shading. Dark to light, thick to thin. That's usually how these things fill in," he says.
"Most times I have two or three pictures in the works, in various stages. I like to draw on weekends, or days off, when I can devote a good five or six hours. ... After an hour or so I can generally tell if a picture will "work" -- or not."
"We draw our own designs. But fortune has to make that frame." -- Rush "Bravado"