Saturday, January 24, 2009
WIP - Work in Progress
Today is such a drabby little day. It has finally warmed up (feels like 70s) but only to bring dark clouds looming with rain.. And not that I mind that at all, I only wish I was at home during such a dark cloudy day, working on the cards seen above. The day is almost Poe-like in itself.
These are "set one" of the Edgar cards I have started on. Still sitting on the table unfinished. It took long enough to sketch out Edgar from a photo online. As you see in the picture, I've done a pen, ink, "sharpie" and pencil illo of him and have "ghosted" him in with tissue paper. The photo of the woman is from a scanned tintype. The woman is for the second set of cards and she is to represent Virginia Clemm, Edgar's wife and cousin. (slightly ick, I know). This tintype was a fairly close match to what Virginia may have looked like. There aren't any photos of her online that I could find, except for a statue-esc portrait of her. The third set of cards is to be about "the raven" - I'm still brainstorming on these.
This is still and always the part I always geek out about when creating themed atcs (artist trading cards). The amount of research that is needed sometimes in order to represent the theme accurately. It is something I love for not only am I creating something but I am also educating myself and others in the process. Though this time, I'm not completely in the dark about Mr. Poe. I have had a longer process in deciding which quotes I want to use and how I want each card to look to interpret the quotes in a way I think will work. I think these processes add to my addiction in creating and trading these mini works of art.
If I have peaked your curiosity on the history of Poe, you can read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe