I chose to illustrate one of my favorite verses from Song of Myself by Walt Whitman. I’ve read this poem countless times. I felt this particular passage would work well with a loose looking style of writing using a simple marker. I wanted to accentuate the raw nature of the verse using simple tools. Above are a few of the practice sketches, beginning in pencil, and moving to marker once I felt like the proportion worked. I used the marker sketch to practice soldering. Below is the finished illustration.