So far – as of May 20, 2013 – in need of cropping which I cannot do (dang!) –
As I have mentioned it is taking me far longer to make the cover of the book, Story Without Words, than it did for me to write it. At this point, while I appreciate the creativity I was born with, and while I am grateful for each piece of tape, drop of glue, measuring instrument and piece of paper I have as a resource toward this construction, I actually feel afraid that because I have not a cent to hire someone to make this cover whatever I bring to this task is not going to be GOOD ENOUGH.
At the same time I deeply understand that what I have, what I can do using the best of my abilities and resources, HAS to be good enough because that is all I have to offer.
I began this work by creating the pieces that go into the scene (not shown here, only the pink prison-barred walls) a month ago. I am nearing the end of my road although what lies ahead remains daunting to me. This piece is created to stand exactly where I have placed it. I see I will barely have room given the width of the room to get the whole thing (the bottom 6″ piece is not attached in these pictures) into the camera’s frame.
I have no way to crop or adjust the photographs. I HAVE to rely on my daughter or son to do that for me when the time arrives. How will I light this? I have no idea!
This is typical of what the gluing lamination process using wood glue has looked like for many of the separate parts of the image. Finding ways to get the laminated pieces not to curve once they are dry has been a challenge!
I have been concerned about the problems choosing a middle range tone for the background creates for the visibility of the lettering for the title piece. This shot was taken outdoors and it seems OK, but I will not be able to photograph outside due to the fickle random-appearing very nasty dust devils and wind gusts the high desert provides.
I hired a 10-year-old boy to print out the lettering for me. He was SO PROUD! He even walked differently with his triumph showing after he finished his task – on lined notebook paper. I brought his words to an office supply store for enlarging, used brush strokes from a De Grazia calendar for the coloring….
I have similar artistic messes to clean up when I am finished with this image – finally – in many areas of my house.
Grateful for every tool and roll of tape….
Up there to the left is a picture of me when I was 11 months old – a rare picture-taking day – there is joy on my face. Now the whole image needs to be leveled, squared, plumbed. There will be my name plate attached at the bottom. There are cardboard towers to the back on either side to brace the top piece. Each of these need to be braced with weights.
The piece with the black and white circles is added here. I have a long ways to go to get the walls straight, everything straight and level. The camera and I are right at the opposite wall – this is going to be a tight fit to get this 3′ x 4′ (approximately) image into my camera’s view. The far sides of the pillars will determine the width of the image, and then given the final ratio for the ebook cover the height will be determined by that exact width.
Taken from this far back I do not like the cover lettering, so off I go to fix that problem. I also see that when I aim the camera at the center of the image, still to be exactly determined, the rough top of the pillars shows – so off I go to fix that problem as well. I also don’t like the blue at the top. I don’t like the yellow and orange. Changes, changes – why is it so difficult to make up my mind?
I guess I would call this next stage of this creation the ADJUSTMENT phase! Will I have anything useful to show for all of this work? Yet to be determined.
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