blogLord and Lady of the Rings

December 18, 2014
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Custom movie poster inspired anniversary gift.

As an artist, it is always gratifying to create works of my own mind that stems from my own thoughts and feelings. Then there is the flip-side of art making that is equally as pleasing, but in a different way. Most artists have a particular way of working, which I do. I’m fortunate in the fact that, although I have a “style”, I work in various ways. Since I have a number of tools in my artist “tool box”, I get requests for some very specific items, items that I would never make without the person making the request. 

What’s so awesome about these types of projects is the connection that is made with another person, someone I’ve just met…usually via email alone. Once we’ve discussed the wants for a piece of art, the fun part (aside from the actual physical labor) begins. This is where I feel like I get into people’s heads a bit. I mean, I have some psychic abilities, but that deals with the future. It’s about clear communication, listening, understanding and maybe a little bit of mind reading in some instances. With that mix, I get to pull a person’s mental image out, filter it through my mind, flow it through my hands and make it materialize In a world where superficiality runs rampant, I consider myself blessed to have these deeper experiences with people.

This project was one such experience. I was contacted by a young woman in Texas who was searching for a first anniversary gift for her husband. What she wanted was a hand drawn, movie poster inspired piece, with an ethereal feel, to commemorate their wedding day. Given that it was her first anniversary, the piece had to be done on paper, so I chose to do a graphite drawing. The couple was married in in a castle in Ireland and are high movie fans. The Lord of the Rings movies were requested as inspiration for the piece, which was an easy fit given aesthetic closeness of Middle Earth and Ireland. The portraits in the foreground were based on a photograph from their wedding day and the two rings are based on their actual wedding bands. I chose to do a foggy, Irish hillside background to give it that other-worldly vibe, while still tying it to the wedding locale. In the far background, I incorporated the silhouette of the church they were married in.

Despite the short timeframe and a hiccup with the post office, this was a great project. I got to go back to basics, just pencil and paper. That is always a good time. Even better, I was able to tell a story about a very important event in someone’s life. That isn’t an opportunity most people are given. I am beyond honored to have someone share such a meaningful event with me.

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