I just thought I'd do a quick walkthrough of the poster I did for the LightGreyArtLabs Station Zero show.If this is all news to you, read THIS first.
The Lord of Death and The Queen of Life are two short stories featuring the same human characters.
This is where the final idea started showing up. The magnetic fields from earlier, the orbits and hemispheres, and the spaceman started coming together into one image that I was happy enough with..
Then I started reading again.
"The Queen of Life" opens with a SHOCKING revelation. We find out that, all this time, one of the four human men was actually a woman! Great stuff. In the first story, Jackson, the architect, proved to be the equal of any of the other three. Flint then states "Ambitious and ingenious, with a natural liking for house-planning, she had resolved that her sex should not stand in the way of success."
...ok... Odd little mention of the "natural liking for house-planning" but still, it's 1919 and there's a woman baffling perception and proving that the weaker sex is anything but.So, the other three men (I thought it would've been exciting for all of them to reveal themselves as women hitherto passing as men, but sadly no such luck) obviously change their behaviour toward Jackson who, at one point, states that she's happy to remain in the uniform she's been wearing, rather than into something more feminine now that her secret's out. Sadly, here the wheels slightly come off the authors wagon. Flint was doing so well until one of the crew, who had also served as the cook up to this point, goes to make dinner. Jackson, now publicly and unashamedly a woman, takes the opportunity to show him how to cook an omelette properly. I suppose women are naturally good at that too. If you're interested, the book is online for free at project Gutenberg so you can read this little section if you click this link and do a search for the phrase "speaking of Venus".
I carried on reading but it was all pretty boring and I knew I'd found the image I wanted to paint.
Incidentally, Flint uses some slightly troublesome racial terminology to describe Strokor in the first story and then, in the second story, when the crew meet a Venusian he says "His nose was quite small, with a decidedly Irish cast" ....what? Can anyone explain what our noses look like that's so noteworthy?Anyway, here's how the rest came together:
Time for those pesky perfect circles..
when I was finished doing all the texturey business, duplicating the circles for better contrast and overlaying the text, I turned off the painting underneath which revealed this pretty cool-looking image.
You can buy a print of this poster, and see the other excellent posters, in the Light Grey Art Labs print shop and read a bit about the show on their blog.
Such a cool thing to be a part of. I've recently finished another painting for their "Role Models" show but hopefully it won't be the end of my LGAL work.