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Lung Sprout



These are the two drawings juxtaposed. I am still not sure if they work together. I will keep trying other combinations.

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Kath said…
I really like this drawing John. I like how you juxtaposed the two images, connecting roots to veins and the interesting story behind the drawing.

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