work in progress: amulet

megan spiers illustration
One of my favourite mediums is pen & ink.

For several days, I have immersed my art table in found objects as part of the creative process to develop an amulet design for the cover of a fantasy novel.

I use found objects as references for form and colour, and the way light caresses the surface. Handling the real object means I can portray it more convincingly in my illustration.

For the accompanying knife sketch, I borrowed a leather-handled US Army knife to see how the leather wraps the handle, observe reflected light on different surfaces and to feel the weight of the blade.

A little realism is essential for viewers to suspend disbelief. Known realities assist the eye and brain to interpret a two-dimensional drawing as a completely plausible three-dimensional object. The skill is to retain creativity in the process and to allow the medium to add its own expressive depth to an illustration.

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