I did these drawings a couple of months ago while I was reading the Hunger Games and I visualized the character of Katness Everdeen with dark hair and grey eyes. I admit I got caught up in the social and cultural aspect of the whole story! I haven’t seen the film and probably won’t. But the books created visual images for me and I wanted to try and draw this young woman warrior. I read a lot, and I often gain ideas for art from the characters I read about.
I’ve been working on this painting for the last month and a half- I’m calling it finished because I am tired of thinking about it.
Detail – you can see the collage of papers I put down before I started to paint. I used sandpaper to bring out the edges.
This is my favorite part of the whole painting – I like the soft look in her eye.
I like the background above her head in this detail, which I realize now doesn’t show in this shot – but it does in the full painting. That piece of music on the right edge is written for four voices – music where one voice sings differently (music majors) sorry if I’ve over simplified, anyway – Oblique Motion is the musical term for this.
I decided to make a box for the little book, The Tally Keeper’s Folly. I had a very old wooden cigar box that was just the right size. Some one had painted it black and scratched their name on the top – Bertha Wright. Sorry Bertha, I had to cover up your name! I painted the box with acrylics several times before I decided on the dark red for the top. I’m going to finish up the edges with some antique gold acrylic – just haven’t done it yet. I used the cover of a very tattered book I had for the cover of the box. I really liked the front graphics – and they already had just the right amount of wear on them. I had a large sheet of paste paper I’d made years ago, and decided to use that to glue a title over the books original title which was The Peep of Day, which is pretty neat, but it wouldn’t work for this!
On the sides of the box I used strips of the paste paper to put a line from the verse which is on the back of the book.
I sanded the letters a little so they didn’t look so harsh. I ran the paste paper through the printer cut to 8.5×11 size, and then printer the lines spaced apart so I could cut them out. The cigar box is about 6×8 inches.
I used the paste paper to cover the inside lid and came up with another verse for it. I lined the inside of the box with antique silk sari ribbons that I ironed flat and tacked together over a piece of cardboard. I also used a scrap of sari ribbon on the front of the book.
The little book fits perfectly inside! Now a few touches of gold here and there and I send it off to the Illahe Gallery in Ashland, Oregon for their April 6-28 show of Artist’s Books.