I’m trying to give myself something I have to post here every once in a while at the least so that I still work on it. So we’ll make Sunday the art recap day.
Colleen was here all week and let me tell you, that meant crazy amounts of art production. Of course now that she’s left, I find myself looking at the art that actually came out of it on my end and cringing (“This doesn’t look half as good as I thought it did a couple days ago.”) but that’s totally normal.
The biggest project right now is a piece involving our lovers of the moment and a stained glass window, and…well, let’s start with the “stained glass”.
We picked up a package of a cheap scrapbook equivalent of acetate after seeing the amazing things that Eric Carle has done with it in one of his galleries at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum, and I went at it with a pencil, a photo reference, a pair of scissors, and a mathematical mindset.
The photo reference, taken in a church in Prague (you like religious artwork? Yes, see Italy, but don’t overlook Prague):
I didn’t trace the photo (the size wouldn’t have allowed it) but instead tried breaking it down into segments according to the repetition of shapes and sketching out just one section. Then, if I didn’t feel comfortable free-handing some pieces for the sake of making it even, I used another page of acetate to trace and cut scraps in order to duplicate them. I only drew half, on the vertical; then I folded the page in half and traced my own work to get the other side. Two dried-up sharpies and many fumes later, I had this:
Sorry for the blurry pic, it’s the cell phone cam or nothing. The white is uncolored, and so when you color it on the back, behind the marker, it ends up looking a little like this (I used prismacolor colored pencils):
You need to be sure to press hard. If there’s any interest, maybe I’ll do a step-by-step of making these. And what’s so different between doing it on acetate and on any other plain white paper, you ask? Well, when you hold it up to the light….
Gorgeous right? Except, you know, for the sharpie not being opaque like I thought it would be. I’m wondering if I should be using real brushed ink next time, like some of the thick comicking stuff.
The end-result, as planned, was going to be our romantic forbidden couple in a rather “One Hand, One Heart”/ “Somewhere” sort of scene — in front of a stained glass window in some church, very romantic and forbidden of them. But the pose I ended up sketching really isn’t working for me for it:
It’s far too comfortable. So I think I’ll start from scratch on it, the pose I mean, and just use this one for something else. Or send it to Colleen, and let her figure out what to do with it.
Our boys are from a project we’re working on…but I’m not allowed to tell you what it is just yet, until it’s finished.