My image to illustrate this week's topic of 'Cocoon' for Illustration Friday:
Cocoon words: pod, contain, vessel container, hold, warmth, crysalis, wrap, hidden, hide, protect, sleep, inhabit, dormant...
I could think of many more words for what a cocoon embodies. I think the theme is perfect for this time of year. I can feel myself start to cocoon-up with doonas and jumpers and socks and shoes rather than thongs and singlets. I loved the theme as soon as I saw it however, the actual artmaking was not as glorious as the theme itself. It was hard work and there were very few points in the process where I was happy with where I was going, however I tried to have faith I was on the right track. I'm still not sure of the outcome but I am a lot happier with it now than at any other stage.
This image is composed of so many layers. Putting paint down, pushing it back, adding paper, painting over it, pushing back again. For eaxample, the pods themselves have gone from brown to white to brown again so many times until finally I turned them into faces.
You can see from the design here that I began with wanting to have a more abstract image than other IF designs I have done. I wanted to have beautiful pod like vessels hanging from trees and whilst it began that way, my image went from abstract to more representational.
Anyway, I hope you like it. I'm off to get a cup of coffee