Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The ink illustration here is at the first stage of completion. The next step would be to labor over watercoloring and acrylic painting of the piece.
Sadly, often, I am not satisfied with the final colors and redo the entire illustration. It is a long process due to compulsive perfectionism and a gut-gnarling fear that the work is inferior.
But I am rescued from myself by manager/spouse. She uses a blowgun to put a blowdart in my neck. The wood splinter is poisoned with a thick mucus stolen from the lunch box of the tiny Ill-Proportioned Inconclusive Toad from the steamy jungles and soaring volcanoes and stepped stone temples of her homeland...Skull Island.
I wake days later from the poison, a strong laxative and sleep inducing toxin, and find that my art is gone-
Hidden from me. Therefore I know it complete.
The illustration is a scene from the narrative poem "Toussaint the Teethy" and includes Toussaint and the Witch Maggie Mubbin.
The poem is near completion...it too suffers from editing and reediting. However, the entire project, art and writing, should be completed by 6:32 a.m. next Friday, Indonesian time. I like setting goals for myself that are strict and global reaching.
I want to thank the friends and family who inspire me with their words. (Some get physical).
And, a special thanks to my three year old nephew who said to me the other day-
"sharks don't eat bunnies".