When the lights are found twinkling in the darkness
and the moon exhales her sweet thoughts upon the sky
that is when you'll hear late night conversations
he reveals to her the mysteries of darkness
and she whispers to him about the shape of the night
If you've been following my social media feed for awhile you know I've been battling with this painting for almost 10 months - and yet I didn't give up on it. The idea started with a sketch in my sketchbook that I wanted to expand to fit into a theme for an art book submission, 'Tiny Dragons' (which I never did get to submit).
Once I started exploring the drawing, the further down the rabbit hole I fell. I went through so many iterations I made myself dizzy, but the most frustrating part, I would get super excited about where I was headed and then try to skip to the painting without completely working out the details.
I work pretty fast compared to other artists. Granted, I do spend a lot of time exploring in my sketchbook so that by the time I'm ready to make a painting all the kinks are pretty much worked out - once I committ to painting, all that is left is what colors to choose and how I'll render the piece. From the time I sit down and transfer the drawing to the finished illustration, it can take 48-72 hours - tops.
...with the exception of this painting.
I started this painting at the end of September 2017 and have been battling with it ever since. It should be noted that I have had a couple life events that have halted the painting process that couldn't be avoided - all 4 of my wisdom teeth were pulled, I had a major illustration assignment from Spider Magazine (10 painting due in 2 months) and the start of a new full time job at a sticker company.
With every step, it was harder to get back into the groove that I had previously started, but I still wanted to keep going. I still felt there was something there. I started the painting over three times and ended up keeping the original I had started in September.
Then suddenly it dawned on me to add the pentagram. I was toying around with other things when I came up the idea to add the pentagram cut-out shape. Working at a sticker shop has really made me aware of shapes and I wanted to add something that would push the story in my head further.