“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
This week a dearly beloved and heart-inspired project came to fruition. My author friends and I have been putting together a children’s anthology to support our dear friend, Robyn Campbell, and her son, Christopher (29) who lives with the little known or understood syndrome called Sturge-weber.
Our beautiful book, Kissed by an Angel is out now, available on Amazon.
I thought that I would re-issue this earlier post, detailing the illustration I did to go with my story in the anthology, ‘Grandpa & Loor.’
A Photo Essay for ‘Grandpa & Loor’…
A few years back, I tried using computer software to “draw” but I didn’t take to it. I simply prefer pencils, erasers, pens, colour pencils, and paints. I’m old school. So, bear with me. For some people, this might be a trip down memory lane.
First, I had to work up a sketch I liked. I borrowed the man’s expression from an old photo of my boys’ father and aged him by adding wrinkles, I borrowed the idea for the hair out of a Santa book from the ’70’s. I was seeking with this illustration to express how we caregivers and parents of special children feel about them, and how they feel toward us. Once I was happy with it on a feeling level, I had a pencil template.
I painted the background over with a pale wash of pink.
Next, I applied the first coat of watercolour. At this stage, I made a timeline of the process, by taking this snap when I started.
At that stage, I added the second layer to the characters, according to what I thought the colours might be later.
At that point, I switched from water colour to gouache, and started using the fine tipped brushes.
And, just like that, in the twinkling of a back-breaking eye, I had finally crossed the finish line, thirteen hours later!
I feel victorious. Art is magical, isn’t it?
What sort of art do you do in your life? What’s important to you creatively? Tell me in the comments….
Yvette K. Carol
‘I’ve been thinking about my Christopher and how our family could never make do without him. He is the epitome of this quote: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.’ Robyn Campbell