Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Exploring With Roy

I've spent the last week or so in the company of a Beloit boy who made good, the explorer, naturalist, intelligence agent, author, and probable inspiration for Indiana Jones, Roy Chapman Andrews. An art friend sent me a link for a design contest called Explore With Roy, and on a whim I decided I'd give it a go.  I started by heading to the library and finding what it had on Andrews, and came home with a good stack of books with photos.  That led to all sorts of reading, sketching (who knew how hard camels are to draw?) and planning.  I lost a good two days when I made the mistake of starting Andrews 1951 collection of stories about his exploration of the Gobi desert entitled Heart of Asia.  This man was quite a character. Anyway, the original plan was to do a watercolor, but then I decided that I wanted to try acrylic on paper instead.  I find acrylic to be a more forgiving medium.

It's not done.  I want the figure to pop more, and I have other ideas for the background.  Every step has been a personal exploration, since I have never done anything like this before.  Do I want to add dinosaur bones?  A quote? Modify the distance with hills?  What colors?  I find myself dreaming about what to do next. 

To be continued.


JoAnn said...

even unfinished, the painting is wonderful!

Ann said...

Wow. This already looks fantastic!

turismo dancardi said...

Very good..