the animal figures in these tiles are based on photographs. These two figures
are no different. The background figure is of my daughter, Alison, and
was taken on a California beach in the spring of 2002. The foreground figure
is based on a photo I took of my niece, Marlise, on a Washington beach
in the summer of 2001. Marlise's picture was flipped for the sake of a
more balanced composition. It was also used, unflipped, on a Delft-style
tile I did for another project you can see by clicking here.
Using photos instead of my own drawings allowed me to focus my attention
on the overall composition and the technical aspects of the resist and
glazing. Time did not allow me to come up to speed on Washington wildlife
illustration. All non-animal images come from my own head and my own hand.
For an interesting article on the
use of lenses to assist in artistic endeavors throughout history, check
article. It seems likely that classical painters used lenses to help
them render their images with greater realism from about the 1420's
until the advent of photography.