Here are some snaps of Snigel (Caroline Bowditch) with the snail lantern I made last month.
Doing a quick bit of colouring in practice again today. The image started as a pen drawing, I added flat base colour, before texturing then lighting it digitally.
Starting to think about Halloween again (my busiest and favourite time of the year), and taking the opportunity to dig into some Gothic imagery for these lantern designs.
Here are some photos of a snail lantern I was working on last week for Caroline Bowditch.
You can see the stages of the making process below -
1. Rough life-size drawing to work from, with a plan for the withie structure
2. Top down view of sphere constructed from individual withie circles of matching sizes, with a spiral twisting across the shape
3. Side view showing extra section added at the right to complete the shell shape
4. Adding structural withies to fill our the form
5. Maping out the silhouette of the snail body with single withies
6. Adding structural withies to strengthen the body, and eye stalks to the snail
7. Plastic wrapping the finished withie structure and adding a cable tie to hang it from
8. Papering the lantern with white wet-strength tissue paper and pva/water mix
9. Another view of the papered lantern
10. Cutting and glueing coloured tissue paper to fit the segments of the shell
11. Fitting the lights inside the lantern
12. The completed lantern
What a treat last weekend was!
Werewomen and Dance Wi' The Deil were programmed by Surge as part of Merchant City Festival.
The performers in both pieces played beautifully with the festival audiences, bringing riotous laughter and tender interactions to the busy Glasgow streets. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing the things I've designed being used so effectively for the entertainment of so many people.
I am a Glasgow based visual artist and maker.