The Skeleton project is DONE!!! (Part 1)Greetings fellow deviants!!! As a few of you old-timers might be aware, a few years ago (uh about . . . 4 years ago to be more precise) I was offered a DeviantArt Creative Grant!!! You can read more about it here:
So here's the deal. 4 years, ago, I received this wonderful grant to pursue the largest and most ambitious project I have ever done on Etch A Sketch - a full-sized rendition of a skeleton. What I will be talking about going forward is definitely not an excuse for why it took me FOUR YEARS to see this project to the end, but I hope it will make sense of the whole situation. I cannot apologize enough for my lateness in seeing this project to the end.
I keep prefacing this before getting into the meat of the story, but please bear with me! I'd like to take this last opportunity to sincerely THANK everyone at DeviantArt who was amazing enough to consider and fund this project. And I cannot thank the staff at DeviantArt enough for never breathing down my
Thanks to everyone who is caught up on my (mis)adventures in taking on ridiculously ambitious projects! As promised, this entry will be on a positive note. I wanted to begin the entry by sharing take 1 and take 2 of the skull portion of the skeletal installation:
So so much has changed between these two renditions. I hardly know where to begin!
I suppose it's a good idea to start with how I even got around to unearthing this project. A few months ago I was presented with the opportunity to teach a workshop and show my work at SoHo House Chicago, and I mentioned that I was thinking about creating a life-size skeleton on a series of Etch A Sketches. The people in charge of organizing the event were over the moon about this idea, and asked me on multiple occasions if the skeleton would be ready in time for the workshop. This opportunity presented me with something I've been lacking - a deadline!!! A deadline ended up being the perfect motivation to get this project back in motion. So I said yes, and spent the next three weeks of September etching away.
Though the project has caused me years of anxiety, I can now say in retrospect that I am thankful I did not revisit it until now. First, You might notice that you see more of the skull in the first Etch A Sketch drawing. This is because 4 years ago, in my addled planning phase, I made some major miscalculations. Had I gone through with my original plans to render all of the skeleton, it would not have been life-size after all! This was one of my major flubs I made the first time I planned this project out. It was due to a few factors, such as my lack of knowledge in regards to photography and Photoshop. These are things I think I could only have realized 4 years later...when I had the chance to revisit this project with fresh eyes.
I completely overhauled the layout that I had before, instead choosing a new composition that used a total of 11 Etch A Sketches of various sizes. I will share the old and new compositions after I upload the final piece! Right now I am in one of the final steps. I spent yesterday photographing the completed 11 works and am in the process of doing final edits on all of the images. When I edit my photos I am not doing anything to compromise the integrity of the original Etch A Sketch. I am cleaning off any dust particulates and making sure they all look consistent with one another in regards to lighting and color. They are part of a series after all, so I want to make sure they look cohesive as a set!
I'll leave this entry off here for now so I can get back to work on photo editing. I'm going to be traveling a fair amount this month, but plan to have the finalized skeleton ready to share by Halloween. Why not make the deadline thematic and fun?