As a boy of four, I drew monsters, or devils, you might say. They carried tridents.
When I was 4 or 5 I sent the Queen of England drawings of monsters. After a year, her lady in waiting replied!
Later when I was grown, a kind of fox appeared. He has not left me yet.
As a boy of twelve I drew moles like this: (a star nosed mole).
Perhaps around 2005 the foxes came in droves & their appearance changed.
I would draw rabbits too for the ears are fine. They are often seen juggling.
In the years after 2016 underlings appeared – fleshing out certain scenes, most commonly as a passenger on larger creatures’ backs.
The heads of swans I’m partial to, but also things in suits.
Uncommonly I’ll draw a sheep,
Or Baba Yaga’s Hut.
I’ll sometimes draw a sibyl and their prophecies.
I draw more easily when I’ve had a drink – for my hands tremble all day long.
Jesse Ball’s novel The Divers’ Game is available now from Granta Books.
Artwork © Jesse Ball