Tuesday, January 16, 2007

egyptian




I've been frustrating myself over this project lately. Maybe I'll take a small break from it tomorrow and relax a bit on style and concept. I liked this idea of a hand grabbing at a royal headdress to indicate theft in a simple way, but I don't really think it reads very well, visually. Maybe I've been looking and thinking about it too long, but I think it comes off as a little too vague (?)

7 comments:

JLB said...

I have to agree with your analysis of the hand-reaching-for-the-headdress... to me it feels like the hand is simply a separate sketch overlaid. Perhaps it may help if the thumb and index finger were pinching a part of the headdress, as you're showing in the lower sketches?

You said you want to indicate theft in a simple way... what if the headdress were waiting on a table, and while the would-be-wearer's attentions are focused elsewhere, the hand is snatching from the sidelines?

Regardless, it's still a pleasure to see your drawings! :)

Ester said...

Thanks Jade! It's good to hear your thoughts, especially when they are echoing my own. Makes things a little more clear. This project was just for fun, and turned into a headache that I haven't resolved yet. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me what you think :)

steve said...

It's always good to simply back off from a project from time to time, if not for a day or two, then you usually come back with a fresher perspective. It's always a challenge when trying not to spoon feed a concept or idea while simultaneously attempting to not make it too too vague. For some reason I'm thing triptych, almost like a comic strip, showing a hand reaching for the headdress, the object in hand, then the head dress missing? A sort of three part/panel chronological narrative perhaps. But yeah, these are looking great regardless. Best of luck and keep us posted when you can.

BGOZ said...

I like the egyptian works. A thought on the hand, I think placing it over the work is to bold for theft. The hand should be sneaking up to the mask. I like the little one on the bottom. I also think background could help. Smashed pots, or those inverted shadows of where things were and are not.

Stuff looks great.

:)=

Claire said...

I think the idea of theft comes across more clearly in the small thumbnail at the bottom of the first image, but the larger drawing is more interesting visually. Steve's idea of a multi-panel narrative could be fun to play around with, too.

You have some neat designs, though. I hope you share more!

Ester said...

Thanks all! I really appreciate the feedback on this - it's very helpful.

edgar said...

Dear ester,

I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt. I just wanted to let you know how much I love this drawings!!!