10 things I love about creating Personal Icons
Posted by paula in Create Magic, Explore Possibility, Imagination Is Key, Personal Icon on Feb 6, 2014
- connecting with my subject – interviewing the person I’m making the Icon for only takes about 15-20 minutes, I can do it by phone, Skype or email and it so much fun to hear the excitement and start to understand what the artwork will be about.
- doing the research – there are always some elements that I need to research, to understand more fully and to discover how those things will fit together visually with other elements; I love the excuse to be really curious and explore.
- playing with a variety of styles – Personal Icons come in infinite flavors, depending on the likes of the subject. This means I get to play with interpreting the essence of many styles as I create for different people.
- mixing media – my favorite way to work, and the nature of Personal Icons invites this creative experimentation.
- when the elements start to come together – as I’m designing the piece in my sketchbook, there is always a tipping point when 3 or more elements ‘find’ each other and create a synergy that breathes life into the idea as a whole entity.
- watching the piece take on a life of its own – as I translate the sketches onto the canvas, things shift and morph as the Personal Icon starts to truly embody the energy of the subject. This is where the magic happens.
- discovering the over-arching metaphor – as the Personal Icon takes form, more connections become clear and shine a light on the finishing touches that will make the whole thing glow with the essence of the subject
- sharing sneak peeks – all during the process of creating I’m taking photos. Sometimes I’ll send a close up of a portion I think is especially exciting. As the Icon starts to near completion I create a short Animoto video from the best of those photos and send it to the subject.
- sending it off – to be totally honest I both love and dread this part. I’ve already shared the finished artwork digitally, but seeing it in person is a different experience. I always feel I’m holding my breath until it arrives!
- knowing it is loved – getting emails, cards and phone calls from people who adore the results is a superb end to any project.