Tomorrow is the deadline for the Spectrum Fantastic Arts Competition. It is a juried competition and, if selected, my piece would be published in Spectrum 24 (an annual of fantasy/ sci-fi art). My chances are not great, as my competition is the best in the industry, but it is one of my annual deadline challenges to myself (as well as the State Fair competition) that gets me making art and where being selected would put my work in front of a lot of eyes. It’s all about having goals and deadlines.
So, my piece. Initially I was working with an idea I had, based on an image of my friend Bethany in one of the Halloween costumes she tried on this year for her Halloween shenanigans in New York (she’s a big deal and has lots of fun/ important events that she has to/ gets to participate in that are tangentially connected to her pretty rocking career).
This was combined with a dress that I saw Anna Kendrick in and this notion that I wanted to put a prosthetic on the character in a way that was natural and didn’t define the character/ action of the image (my inspiration here was the awesome model, Rebekah Marine.
My initial sketches were a little all over the place, and fun, but without a real dynamic pose.
Then I had a brainstorm about the the action of the picture (thank you Flying & Falling from the Crazyheart soundtrack) and I came up with this painting:
Which didn’t quite do it for me. I got a little lost in the background and I don’t think I made it interesting/ compelling enough. I have some ideas on ways to juice it up a bit. But for now, it’s just incomplete.
Then I did some more brainstorming and decided to use a photo of my friend, Caity Shea, as a model for a new image. I was playing around with some ideas about the William Gibson quote about the future already arriving, but not being evenly distributed. The final image, that I submitted to the competition is this:
I’ll find out in April.
More later …