Update: IMAO Link of the Day - Star Windows and Fiddly Bits
I began experimenting with a new design in June. I'd pretty much nailed the 4-point globe pattern, but I wanted to see if I couldn't figure out a way to make a 5-point globe; one that would let me work a 5 pointed star into a design element that would still look globular. So I tried several times in June to hammer out the necessary pattern elements, while discarding unnecessary details. It was a process of trial and error.
|Green Star Window. 6/4/14|
6/4/14 coincidentally is the day that my older brother Jerome died. I didn't learn about it until the morning of the 5th because when I'm not at work, I turn my cell phone off and put it on the charger.
My, wasn't I surprised when I checked my voicemail messages the next morning.
Did you ever tell someone, when you were a kid, "My big brother can beat up your big brother!"?. Well, my big brother COULD, and if your big brother ever looked at him funny, probably did. It was quite a shock to learn that a guy so full of life had "crossed over" so suddenly.
|Requiem for a Brother. (Grey Star Window). 6/6/14|
I'd already started 'Grey Star Window' when I got the news, so when I finished it, I dedicated it.
I was also experimenting with a new border treatment around the edges. I haven't decided on what to call it - perhaps "hyphenated fiddley-bits"?
|Globe - With Fiddley Bits. 6/10/14|
At least with this third design, I' managed to make the lines look curved, but I'd lost the star-shape in the confusion; so back to the drawing board!
Also, by this time, the family had made some funeral arrangements, so I asked for time-off from work, squeezed my credit card until it squeaked, and made plans to fly back home to North Dakota to be with the family as we laid my brother to rest. (Once upon a time I had three brothers; now I have one - it's funny how circumstances change our perspective, ain't it?)
|Cool Grey Star Window. 6/16/14|
This bit, at the top center of the globe ...
|Cool Grew Star Window (detail)|
Jerome was cremated in Missouri, where he lived (and died) and his widow and her sister drove up to North Dakota with the urn containing his ashes for his memorial service and burial. He was buried June 14th. I flew back to Memphis the next day and was back to work on Monday. Friday night we held a wake, and his friends and relatives took turns retelling stories about him. I learned things about him I'd never known before.
|Designing Wings For Jerome (1st Attempt). 6/18/14|
|Designing Wings For Jerome (2nd Attempt). 6/22/14|
|Designing Wings For Jerome (3rd Attempt). 6/25/14|
|Designing Wings For Jerome (4th Attempt). 6/30/14|
I wasn't able to get the wing element of the design quite right, so I looked up a prototype angel design I'd done years ago for inspiration.
|Wings of the Arc-Angel. 4/4/11|
So, building off this design, I finally got it close enough to all right to be all right. I left off the letter J, I took another stab at the 5-pointed star globe in the center, and since it was nearly the 4th of July, I worked in some Red, White and Blue. (I think Jerome would have liked that).
|Wings For Jerome. 7/3/14|
I'm gonna miss him.
Well, now that I've brought everybody down with all this mourning and sadness, I'd better end this post with a little humor. You know, I started drawing cartoons in grade school and junior high. I'd mail them to Jerome who was serving a hitch in the Army at the time and he'd pass them around to his friends. I like to think I helped his unit's morale at least a little bit.
|The Game's A-foot, and The Fix is In.|