I’m back to show you the next step in the art project I’ve been working on based on the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence”. You can see the first two posts covering inspiration and preliminary sketches by clicking the links.
After working out my ideas in the small sketches I showed you last time, I made a large, full-scale sketch with my final ideas. The goal was to get things just how I wanted them to look so I could see the ideas and also so that I could transfer the drawings to the board I was going to work on just as I had drawn them. I also hoped to experiment with color in the full-scale sketch. Let me show you:
Sing a song of sixpence
A pocketful of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing.
Wasn’t that a dainty gift
To set before the king?
(That outer ring is crown.)
You can see that by the end, I had taken out the words “Six Pence” and the extra grains of rye that were scattered about. Since the audience for this work is children ages 0-2, the words seemed unnecessary, and the scattered rye took away from the more simplified, clean look that I was going for.
I got excited about color once I finished the drawing, but soon realized that doing just a quarter of the piece in color would help me figure out the colors that I needed.
It was a good thing I did this because I decided to change the crown in the outer circle to be more recognizable as a crown. You can see both versions in the same sketch below.
Yay for color! That’s how I almost always feel about color, actually.
Next up: preparing the board and painting!
Looks like it’s going to be beautiful!!!! I love the colors. Joyce A.
Love it! And I like that you chose Red-winged Black Birds. I always love to see them at Appleton. They are so striking. When I see them, I almost can’t believe that they are real. I also agree with your choice to change the crown a bit. Great job. The Library will be so pleased with your work. Bravo!!
Thanks, Gretchen! Somehow I never discovered Red-winged Black Birds until I was an adult, but they are so cool! I’m glad you like the piece. I don’t know why I had some much trouble thinking of the crown. Seems like it should have been the easiest piece, but it wasn’t. I like the second version better than the first. I’m glad you do, too.