“The birds burst up to escape the fire and gusted around her. Their wings scrawled serifs. She grabbed at them: she’d been wrong to use the ugly words, she thought wildly; she would make a living language. She would be The Woman Whose Words Flew and write her love across the sky. Wherever he might be, he would see them and understand. But the birds wouldn’t stay in position and all her words escaped her.”
This is the drawing for the eighth illustration for Rope of Words by Megan Kerr. I am doing illustrations for an artists’ book, and as many as possible are drawn from life. My model had difficulties with this pose 🙂 so I found some photographs of dancers on trapeze-like supports! I have stylised her but this stylisation will go further in that her silhouette will be more angular and screen printed in a flat mauve colour for her body with lime green hair. (I added shading to the figure on the T-shirt shown in yesterday’s post because you can’t hand-paint fabric with flat colours).
Her tattoo of tendrils will be in gold and the serif-like birds will be printed in dark grey while the other birds will be ghost embossed.