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Scylla, my #chimera contribution to #mabsdrawlloweenclub Day 13. Not all of Scylla sleeps at once. Must keep at least one eye out for tasty humans.
I spent a lot of time thinking about this one. I love Greek Mythology. Madeline Miller's @madeline.e.miller "Circe" is one of my favorite books, and she tells a fascinating story behind the creation of Scylla (formerly a naiad). Scylla is a monster that hangs from the cliffs of a narrow ocean straight, snacking on a buffet of terrified sailors in groups of 6. Ships must pass between Scylla and a whirlpool; caught between a rock and a hard place.
You may note that Scylla's non-human heads, while often described as either dog or snake-ish, are Chinese Dragons here. These Dragons are chimeras in themselves, having the antlers of a deer, head of a horse, neck of a snake, etc. I also intended for Scylla the woman to be Asian. For the reason of Because I Felt Like It. And because I'm of Chinese heritage and I like to integrate things. I long pondered how to continue the line pattern of her hair into the dragons, and was finally inspired by the flow of Japanese Rock Gardens. Black Versafine @imaginecrafts_ on kraft @cardstockwarehouse , because it reminded me of Greek Urns - black paint upon earthy clay.
Whereas the woman stamp was relatively simple carve, I made 3 attempts at the dragon. The lines weren't lining up, and the wedge angle was too great. I had to slice off a sliver of a degree, and relied on none other than a fresh @excelblades to do a clean job! I made the single open eye by cutting out a piece of eye-shaped paper and placing it on top. I had also tried masking the stamp with an eye-shaped scrap, which also works, but it is finicky.
You may note that I am trying new things, such as representation of the human figure. It may seem sudden, but I've been mentally brewing for a while. I cite my women printmaker influences: @karin_rytter_studio and her breathtaking prints featuring many strong, mythological women; @sofie.tekent for her gorgeous interpretations of women's hair and @amy.hiley.art for her bold and unique use of line and solid color in depicting women. You artists rock!! ...
Felton 1.1 “The tree, the snake, the cross, the crow. Felton walked into Tulah’s house unafraid.” Holding Smoke
Not the best lighting, but wanted to share tonight anyway.... Another piece in my #lightfiresmoke project. I think I may do a few different versions of this one.... 🔥 (psst- don’t forget to send me your photos of Lightwood or Walk in the Fire to be entered in the drawing to win an original piece of Holding Smoke art!) #bookstagram#prints#printmaking#stampmaking#giveaway#bookcontest#books#crows ...