I-Fri: Strength

For some reason this immediately popped into my head when i thought of "Strength" - not sure why, maybe a repressed memory of going to the circus as a child and seeing some bizarre balancing act! But I wanted it to have an 'old school' look about it, so tried to do the woodcut effect a la Chet Phillips. Nothing like his work, but I'm pretty happy with this all the same.

Again done in Painter IX (do i see a pattern?) - I filled the entire canvas with black, overlayed my sketch, and then "chipped away" at the black using the eraser to make the outlines. Then put a layer below the black and coloured with Tinting and Blender tools. Lots of fun!