You've done a fine job with the interplay of shadows and light, it suffuses a foggy, ethereal feeling to the whole composition, a trend obvious in many of your works. Plus the disposition of the elements around the central figure (especially in the top half),and the geometric elements themselves create an impression of harsh, crude, but fascinating systematization, and yet of incoherence in their opposite motion.
The only thing that I can't really laud in this drawing is the central figure. The anatomy isn't quite convincing to be honest, I mean it's called "sur"-realism not "sub"-realism. Even the illogical manifestation of dreams is built on fragments from our lives awake, in reality. Of course, many surreal works have distorted figures in them, but the distortion is somehow "convincing", like an arm stretched like rubber, or dissolved into mist. In your drawing, the left arm, for example, is attached to the torso the wrong way, it seems to be attached clearly below the shoulder. It's one of those mistakes that only appear when you're looking at the whole figure, if one stares only at the shoulder one might loosely say: "Hey, the curve of the shoulder seems legit, it seems to conform to a vague view, so it's okay". But if you look at the cathedral, and not just the single stones, you'd notice that it's awkward, and not the "surreal way". Same goes for the hand (a tough one for most of us! you should see some of my drawings from 2011 ), the neck (though not much), and the feet. One must remember that most Surrealists (Dali being the most obvious example) were first and foremost masters of classicism. If you look at some of Dali's "classically" styled works, you wouldn't believe they were created in the 20th century. And this mastery of the classics, this primary restraint and commitment to strict classical canons is what gave them the capacity to innovate far beyond the restraints themselves. I know, I know, I digress so fucking much, and I'm sorry, but I didn't want to criticize something groundlessly!
And again, great job, especially the top half, it's so mesmerizing and mysterious. I love it when artists use geometric elements, it gives the work such grandeur, and the way you've done it is brilliant. Keep it up
dr. manhattan! heh. sorry, the watchmen was the first thing that came to mind. excellent piece my friend! i'm always amazed when you tackle the surreal genre with graphite. such a difficult endeavor when considering the disciplined medium used. well done!