Alan Lee is an inspiration who's work I greatly respect and, by sharing an affection for trees, I am using that sketchy, imagined arboreal world as his creative environment.
Leyendecker's use of line and his narrative of the beauty of the human figure I respect. I have no wish to make a comment on his personal life, but instead on the icon he began, the arrow collar man. I am using that created icon as a ghostly imprint, combined with the rather notorious framework he used with his Saturday Evening Post covers.
These are the larger, more tight sketches heading toward the color stage.
I work in a way which allows for alterations in the final stages, so you will see how the accuracy of Leyendecker improves and where I alter a bit of Lee's angle and trees.
|Lee, graphite. Mairin-Taj Caya 2010.|
|Leyendecker, graphite. Mairin-Taj Caya 2010.|
We'll see how they develop into the color stage!