I drew this back in 1982 and, so, it predates the Stone Dance by several years. It was a drawings of Osidian—note the birthmark on his forehead—even before I had really conceived of him. It has a naive style that I quickly moved away from even a couple of years later. However, for all its many flaws, it does capture something of the innocence and optimism that lies beneath the grim surface of the Stone Dance. I am sharing this because I know that there are some of you out there who are interested in this sort of thing.

Notice that Osidian is wearing ranga.

The symbol hanging over his chest is a personal one from much earlier in my childhood. I called it a ‘tolbtek’. I used it a lot at that time. I’m not sure what it represents; if anything. Looking at it now, I suppose it could be a symbol for the self.