So I’ve made a little bit of progress with the graphic novel-ish style painting of my niece as a zombie. I’m hoping to have it finished by tomorrow since I found out it’ll be going in the student show starting Friday. Actually, I’ve made more progress since these pictures were taken, so there’s not much more to do other than finishing the other attached panel close up. I completed the outline on the canvas and did more detailing on the face after taking the pictures, but it’s not much different than this.
…and the first part of the panels that will be attached…
No explanation needed. Just a memory I’ve decided to record. Simple, brief, significant.
“You know that our breathing is the inhaling and exhaling of air. The organ that serves for this is the lungs that lie round the heart, so that the air passing through them thereby envelops the heart. Thus breathing is a natural way to the heart. And so, having collected your mind within you, lead it into the channel of breathing through which air reaches the heart and, together with this inhaled air, force your mind to descend into the heart and to remain there.” — Nicephorus the Solitary
For our final painting in class (I’m still working on the others, so there will be pics eventually), we could basically choose to do whatever we wanted as long as it has some significance to us and we can relate it to another artist’s style. Since I’m in no way, shape, or form an art major, I wanted to relate my final project to what I’ve been working with in the English department – the idea of fear and horror in young adult literature. My niece is far from being a young adult, but she has really inspired the idea since she is following the same path I did as a child – enjoying anything scary or grotesque. One thing she is particularly enjoying right now are zombies and other monsters.
I’ve also spent a lot of time working with graphic novels in my classes over the past few years, but I’ve really always enjoyed the artwork. I was hooked on manga when I was younger, but now my interests have moved on into the work of those such as Alan Moore and Frank Miller.
So I thought…what would be cooler than my niece as a zombie in a graphic novel? Nothing, that’s the answer. Nothing could be cooler than that. So I began doing the basic sketch and then transferring it to my canvas. The colors will be very flat and hopefully end up looking very graphic novel-esque.
Just fyi — this is merely the base, there will be two smaller panels attached to this canvas. One will be a close up of her otter toy and the other will be a close up of the fanged little bloody zombie mouth. I will also be including two lines from William Blake’s Augeries of Innocence that I think fit appropriately, “Some are born to sweet delight,/ Some are born to endless night.” Unfortunately, I don’t have these sketched out yet, but you’ll see them when I have the finished product.
A classmate caught this photo while I was putting the image to the canvas.
More updates to come soon!
I feel productive again at last! Going to let you have a look at the two newest entries to my journal.
I’ve finally regained my confidence, and I am feeling fantastic about myself, despite those that have tried to pull me down. I feel really in control, and damn, does it feel GOOD. Time for me to have a little fun.
While I don’t normally like “new” music, I should have really included Rihanna’s “S & M” to this songlist. It was playing at a party thrown for the other girls who pledged lil sis and myself, and I am really digging it. It’s just a hot song.
— I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it —
Feeling like one hot chickadee aside, I also wanted to include my notes from Creative Journal the other day. These were taken down during watching Amy Tan speaking about creativity on TED Talks and during the discussion the class had following the video. Very interesting insight. Be sure to watch it here.