Progress is still ….PROGRESS

“The need to be perfect cannot outweigh the value of what has been accomplished.The need to be perfect cannot outweigh the value of what has been accomplished.The need to be perfect cannot outweigh the value of what has been accomplished.The need to be perfect cannot outweigh the value of what has been accomplished.The need to be perfect cannot outweigh the value of what has been accomplished.The need to be perfect cannot outweigh the value of what has been accomplished.”

Paper sketchbook
I started on paper

It’s my mantra in this moment as I walk through the fear I am not worthy of or able to make my mural work. But it’s just a voice in my head. I hear you, but I know I can do this. I don’t know about you, but the only way I combat this voice is by taking action. So I break down the pieces and do one thing at a time. Noting where I am along the way and adjusting my path as I learn new things. It’s a discipline I have been working on for the past 6 years with varied success. Wait! There it is again. Voice of self doubt. Fuck you voice. Doing it makes it successful. Action. Action is the enemy of the voice in my head.

Sketch moved to Photoshop
I took it to photoshop so I could pull elements into different layers and play with scale.

So I moved from paper – to digital because I needed to adjust the proportions of the loom and see how I wanted to use it. I also did not want to kill my purple marker trying to cover so much space. I have to economize time and effect. It helped me discover different elements within the composition and I did ultimately adjust the perspective on the loom. I also had wanted to put the barcode inside the color loom area but then when I did I did not like how I had to manipulate the perspective on the barcode. Not that I wasn’t concerned it wouldn’t read over the loom – but that the shift in perspective did not feel right. I am now able to see as well that the metal flourishes at top – as the top of corn cobs – works – but that I am thinking how they will connect to the lower part. I may bring the stalks down into the composition like this….

Corn stalks added
While journaling I noticed the corn stalks had not been drawn in.

Why the purple? Well the mural space has two other murals using a similar color scheme and I was asked to help them relate to one another. Not as obvious in this sketches – but the bricks are so heavy and textured that I will break each brick down into 3 squares – and then use 6 different tones of purples from top to bottom.

Front view of school
Here is the front view of the school. Did not think to capture the building behind, but I am going to go back and take more photos.
siqueiros hands
siqueiros hands

SO this is where I am with the project at the moment. I have a model coming tonight to do the poses for the female figures. He is male – but I am working this way to experiment because my idea is the figures are in the aesthetic of Siequero’s figures with strong low center weight and massive musculature. Come back here later tonight as I will add in the photos from the model and progress.

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