Two drawings from the exhibition Uncommon Folk at the Milwaukee Art Museum. One is a porcupine by Felipe B. Archuleta. I don’t know what the body is made of but the quills look like dried grass with thick stems that have gone to seed. The thing I like about this sculpture is it’s much larger than I imagine a porcupine actually is, and it’s clearly smiling. The other is a carved wood snake painted red and cream. It’s by an unknown American artist ca. 1930.

I did a little stippling of my original drawings with MS Paint to help clarify the forms.


Root Snake, American ca. 1930

Root Snake, American ca. 1930

Porcupipne, 1978, Felipe B. Archuleta

Porcupine, 1978, Felipe B. Archuleta