|Yay for references!|
|Haha. He has teeny feet.|
After sketching that out, I remembered one teeny detail... Realism is NOT my thing. Not when it comes to bodies! To avoid major frustration I decided to wayyy simplify my idea. Anyways, I was kind of tired of all the "falling out of the sky" pictures too.... I wanted to show a different perspective, with Icarus sinking deeper into the water once he's fallen into the sea. Sort of inspired by Matisse, I sketched up a silhouette of Icarus.
|Icarus by Henry Matisse, 1947|
The theme of this piece is "Over the Edge," which is a reference to the myth. I thought it would be way cool to draw Icarus in crayon, then crumple him up and use watercolor over the top. (Inspired by the super cool art project that everyone else got to do in middle school, but somehow I missed it.) I liked the way the dark color cracked across his body gives a kind of broken, maybe even burnt feeling. In this way it connects to the original myth of Icarus--he flew too close to the sun and got pretty burnt up.
The final piece is about 6"x18". Here are some more photos so you can see the color/texture:
|The color here is a bit closer to the actual color of the top of the piece|
|Can you see the bubbles? :)|
Overall I'm pretty happy with the way this one turned out. It's titled "Icarian Sea" after the sea into which Icarus fell in the myth of Icarus and Daedalus.