hey, you ask, sounding skeptical, while i understand the symbolism of the sunset being the intersecting period between hearth and blitz’s respective domains, and thus a picture of them facing the sunset together encaptures a moment of transition and mutual relationship, shouldn’t blitz be totally unable to stand in the sun?
well, i reply, spreading my hands helplessly, this is my valentine’s day present to you all, so either grow some suspension of disbelief or just leave me to suffer in my inaccuracies in peace
And a final snippet before I post the finished piece tomorrow! Sitting at 90 + hours; I totally forgot how little coverage pencils provide. My thumb has been numb all day from pushing so hard!
After I fill in the rest of the shirt and leaves, I will go back and refine details, particularly on David’s face and hand. I will also go over some highlights and shadows again, before cleaning the border and trimming the artwork. Once signed, I will spray the artwork with several coats of fixative to protect it.
Tomorrow I will take high quality photos, stitch them together and edit it digitally to provide a high-resolution final of the artwork that’s as close to the original as possible. This will used for limited edition prints down the track, some of which will be available as actual size. And of course, I’ve taken progress shots throughout the drawing, which I’ll compose into an album so people can see the physical and mental process involved with the largest artwork of my life (so far).
The artwork will then be gently rolled and delivered to the staff at the Festival Centre tomorrow, with a personal note from myself to David Attenborough. Whether or not I’ll be lucky to meet him personally after the show is unknown (but that would just bring home how worth it this all was), but at the moment I just can’t believe I’m going to get it done. I was so sure I was going to quit or burn-out weeks ago.
What a journey this has been, technically four years in the making. I’m actually going to be sad to see this original go so soon; a piece of me is going to go with it.