Saturday, February 21, 2009

CD Cover 1

We try each afternoon to have a few hours of "quiet time" in this house. Dearest is the one who usually arranges it - knowing she needs it in order to be ready for more conversation after mornings that are usually busy with homeschooling, errands, talk around the table after breakfast or lunch... But we really all need it. This is a house full of introverts, and we recharge the deeper part of our internal batteries in quiet - relaxed without having to read or respond to others.

During quiet time today I stopped work long enough to fiddle with the CD Covers; one took shape and finished. I'm having to figure out this scale - it's so different than 19 x 19, a CD cover being less than 5 x 5. Even seeing what's there is different, as I need to respond to shapes ordinarily too small to get my notice.

This is acrylic and ink. There's a tiny bit of neon orange Prismacolor on the right edge of the guy's face and neck. I think there is less than a square inch of watercolor still showing.

This is the first completed piece for the CD Cover Giveaway.

9 comments:

Lisa said...

That's really cool, Steve. I love the interplay of the two figures, mirroring the others hand motions. I especially like that her mouth is a red heart in a splash of deep color.

susan said...

I see you becoming ever more stylistically confident. It's a nice piece for the reasons Lisa noticed as well as the Ferdinand LeGere use of line.

btw - I think real CD covers are done normal size then minimized, don't you? It's a difficult size to work in as I well understand from my 5x7 'story' drawings.

Pagan Sphinx said...

The man's right hand is doing something interesting; it changes into a sort of female form on the right. I am really intrigued by this...

WP and I are introverts; both feel exhausted after interactions with large groups of people socially. We both require a lot of rest, reading, viewing and webbing. Sometimes I'm actually surprised that not everyone is like that! ;-)

I really admire your Dearest for home schooling. It sounds like an option that's worked out really well for your family. You both are so obviously invested in your family; it's beautiful to read about, Steve.

I really like the slide show of your paintings, btw.

All the best,
Gina

redchair said...

What a great idea, Steve. This is very cool.

Love the photo of the kitties below also. I have one that looks like he's from their familly.
Vikki

linda said...

steve, this is such a cool idea! I am with gina on the right hand of the man; what's he doing or is he doing something? loving the woman's heart lips and that shaft of red on her leg as well....they look like they're dancing! I can imagine it would be hard to change the size so drastically from what you are used to....I have trouble with it anyway.

homeschooling has got to be so draining and difficult at times...I wondered if you have always homeschooled? my kids are just beginning to homeschool their little ones, as the oldest is just in kindergarten, his sister in preschool.

loved those lazy kitties too...and the description of the sun's busyness! *grins*

Genie Sea said...

This cover is absolutely magical. I like the colors that connect the man and woman, like an aura of love. I will adore all the CD covers you will make, but this one, i think, will be my fave. :)

Steve Emery said...

Lisa - Thanks! I like that red heart, too - feminine and a splash of color.

Susan - I'm sure CD covers start as full sized paintings and are reduced. So this is hard work, at this scale. But it's interesting to see what can be done. Like when I used to make icons for the computer by hand, with 16 x 16 pixels and 16 colors. I actually did a decent job making icons of two of my kids' stuffed animals, for the short-cuts to their areas on the family PC.

Gina - The hands and poses are what the figures did - I just found them. The longer I do this the more control I surrender and the more fun it becomes.

I think most people are introverts, actually - more recent studies on the Meyers-Briggs typologies show introverts at about 57% of the population in the U.S. - and we're a more extroverted country than many (like Finland or Japan). The older measures that found introverts in the minority were flawed, and the originator of the studies has even published to that effect, but it's hard to stop what's already out there...

Homeschooling is a huge commitment on the part of my Dearest, and she is brilliant at it. We have been blessed with wonderful people to homeschool...

Vikki - Thanks!!

Linda - I think of the figures as dancing, so I'm glad they look that way to you. I thought that came out well for a CD cover...

Homeschooling is both draining and enormously rewarding. We've both contributed to it - but Dearest does the bulk of it, since I'm away at work...

Genie - Thanks! I'm glad you like this one. We'll see what happens with the others...

Thalia Took said...

He reminds me of Atlas, holding up the sky for her, and about to lead her somewhere. Spirit guide, maybe?

Yeah, I pin out at, seriously, consistently 98-100% introverted on those tests, and some of them will then go on to say that people like me don't exist. I find the world pretty exhausting at times, unsurprisingly. But it's good to know that that old the-world-is-75%-extroverted figure isn't supported. I guess we introverts are just quiet about it, eh?

Regina said...

What a wondrous start to your project. I love the colors, the lines, the connecion between your figures.