Another test of perception – but this time, you can judge mine, and my photo-cheating skills, as well.
|Happy foam figure © SB|
It’s a fascinating shape, and I wanted to cut it from the water so I could play with it. Of course, tracing requires excellent fine-motor skills, which it could be argued that I do not have. (Perhaps it's patience I lack, although given the time I've spent so far on this exercise, I doubt it...)
I'm fascinated by how the editing changes the creature’s character.
No longer a blithe spirit, there is something greedily disturbing about the foam's air- and water-skimming clones.
|Dragons over Wascana Creek © SB|
My result, however, owes little to Moore’s rounded, minimalist style or Caplin's expertise, and much to my love of detail and lack of skill – and perhaps, my youth spent reading comic books and science fiction.
In any case, Caplin says isolated objects work best in realistic settings; that's why I chose this picture of the bridge and the old willow for the dragon fly-bys.
And yes, I know – flight may not be realistic for water creatures spawned from foam.
So what about my new friend as a statue in the park? I think it would be great in a fire-hued bronze, with perhaps one bit erased in the name of public decency, recognizing the unlikelihood of city committees sanctioning appendages of nude male aliens in this city's parks...
|New statue in Les Sherman Park. © SB|
I need to work on edges. Perspective. Shadows. Subtle effects.