Since this is the place where I’m sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of my designing process, I thought you might be interested to see what’s on the drawing table.
First a little history. I’ve had this idea for awhile now:
I’ve been trying to do a serious pen and ink rendering based on this sketch, but just can’t seem to find the right balance of reality/fantasy I’m looking for. I can see what I want in my mind’s eye, but getting it onto paper is a whole different story.
The problem with the drawing is what to do with the top part of the image. The pole just ends in mid-air, so compositionally, the drawing doesn’t make sense to me. It’s very bottom heavy. Nor does it really tell a story, at least not enough of a story. I want the image to have a “real” context, but yet, resolve into sheer fantasy.
To that end, I’ve been trying to do something that is evocative of a carousel canopy at the top that kinda fades out and allows the riders on the creature to become the focal point… hopefully, giving the drawing the balance it needs. Riiiiiiiiight. Like I said: it’s there in my imagination, but it’s just not ready to be born yet, I guess.
But, I like the *overall* idea so much, I’m not willing to allow it to just languish in the Unworkable Ideas Drawer until who-knows-when. (Yes, I have one of those.)
(Sorry for the long back-story!)
Even if I can’t find what I’m looking for as far as a pen and ink drawing goes, I do see how I might successfully accomplish a similar effect in a needlework design: Do a border (of course!)!
This is the rough drawing on graph paper, to limit the size of the piece at the outset, and to design the border. At this point, I prefer the old-fashioned pencil and paper method to a computer.
The arched border will have carousel-inspired and nautical/ocean motifs. I can see the literal-ness of the border resolving into just a ‘containing’ edge around the bottom of the design.
At least, that’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes. 😉