|WARM, WET, DARK, COMFORT. Inside the egg is a nice place to be. (art by Hallelujah Truth)|
The image you see above, "Warm, wet, dark, comfort," is described by my collaborator, my co-parent of this story, Jen Hilburn, ornithologist on St. Catherines Island, Georgia. And while I like the "feel" of this image I have created, I am in no way finished with conceptualizing how I want to "show" the bird inside the egg experiencing this "warm, wet, dark" comfortable place of its development.
As the illustrator of this collaboration about the American oystercatcher's life-cycle, I know that I am not striving to depict these birds realistically. I do know that I want there to be feeling or emotion present in my drawings. And that I am wanting to evoke a more complicated feeling in the viewer than just "Ahhhh, that's cute."
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE WAY I MAKE IMAGES
I would like to take a moment to tell you about my creative process. More than four years ago when I was teaching myself how to draw, I made a decision to use micron pens (which cannot be erased) when I draw an image for the first time. I desired to use my eye-hand coordination and intuition, and I did not want to second guess myself or go through constant revisions. I continue to use this process today.
Once I have decided what an image needs to reflect my intention, I will go back and "work" on it using a pencil, tracing paper, and an eraser to develop the desired precision. In the case of this collaboration with Jen, my intentions are to create a series of images for us to discuss. Through our discussions, I see us making choices about which images to use and how they need to be "re-made" (black and white, color, large, small, serial, artistic, etc.) for consistency and story telling purposes.
I expect to innovate, to discover, and to surprise myself and my collaborator Jen in this process, much in the same way that she surprised me last week when she did the "The Bird Birth Dance." The beginning of that dance is expressed in this photo right here.
|CRAZY CRAMPED POSITION. Last week when I skyped with Jen, she illustrated how cramped it is inside the egg for the baby American oystercatcher (see this blog). (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|CRAZY CRAMPED POSITION. (art by Hallelujah Truth)|
|SOUL EGG. Here, I wanted to see this drawing from different perspectives and colors. Right now, it has a kind of Pacific Northwest Native American feel to me. And I am satisfied with it. (art by Hallelujah Truth)|