When it comes to food, sex and traffic lights, I’m patient. I don’t get road rage, except in the context of environmental mauling. But when it comes to art, food, and sex, I’m impatient. I’ve been working on a shirt design for Moss of Moonlight’s upcoming album, Winterwheel. This was the first design:
Yeah, I know: meh. The rosehip works great for the album cover, especially since it’s a photo. What lies above was the result of me riffing on said photo. I’ll be honest: it’s kind of shiit. And definitely not something I’d ask people to pay for and wear. I should have known this before I put it in ink. But sometimes I get patience and impatience confused with obsession.
So I got as far as the above, even scanned it into Paint Tool Sai, started digitizing the lineart–and woke up. Got my hand to stop, because I knew all along what I was doing was wrong. I had to start over.
I slept on it, woke up again, knowing that what I really needed was an elk. Or elk-inspired, at any rate. Because Winterwheel has a song about the goddess Hretha, her elkling, and the course of life and death they traverse and make together.
What follows is the lineart for the piece I developed. The one that, once in hue, will be printed on cloth and worn by real human beings.