Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Still Pluggin' Away

Last week I sketched the figure for the 3rd of the Traveler's Tale series.  (You can see part 1 of my process here, and part 2 here.)   I glued down the castle and the tree, and added a little to the path that goes up the hillI always do my sketches on tracing paper so I can see more accurately how to place it, and what it will look like once it's there.  
I had a hard time with this figure, because I didn't have a live model or even a good picture to work from.  On top of that, it's quite difficult to distill a figure down to only two values.  It gives me a newfound respect for those 60's blacklight poster artists, let me tell you!

I debated with myself for a long time about whether she should be clothed.  On one hand, I wanted her to look like a stranger in a strange land, but then I just couldn't see it working with a bare butt in front of a castle- I thought that might seem so much out of place as to be distracting.  In addition, I thought maybe her dress flowing into/ merging with the pathway might be a nice compositional element.  So, I decided to go with the dress.  (Don't you just adore knowing my every mundane little thought? Ha!)

I then took the sketch of the figure and placed it on the map I had chosen, taping it down carefully with artist's tape.

Then I put the handy-dandy transfer paper underneath and went over the lines to transfer the image onto the map.

Using my trusty x-acto knife, I slowly and carefully cut out the figure.  I taped it onto the piece to see how it would look...

...and I think it looks too small!  Yikes!  It looked fine on the sketch- what's up with that?  Also, I really don't like the map I chose for the figure; it's too busy, too many words and things.  And I still have no idea what I'm going to do about those snakes in the sky.  Where's St. Patrick when you need him?

Well, I guess it's back to the drawing board...


  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your process Sharmon!! I think it's looking incredible! I laughed when you talked about the snakes in the sky.... I had to look for! I love your figure clothed..... she's beautiful!!
    Can't wait to see it when it's all done!!

  2. Reading about and seeing the images through your process was fun Sharmon. I love the maps and your flowing gown into path solution a lot - it all moves so nicely. I'll be interested to see how you resolve the areas you don't like, knowing it's all part of the evolving process!

  3. I certainly like where this is heading. So beautiful. Really enjoy learning about your approach and process. Thanks!

  4. the steps that make up the process are fascinating. Maybe you cuould add colour to the map woman or overlay the tracing paper? It really looks tarot card-ish.

  5. Hi!! So glad to hear from you. I love seeing your process too - I don't think she's too small, btw, but if you aren't happy keep working on it! Too fabulous to start over!!


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