Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"The Dreamer of Dreams"

"We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems."
(Arthur O'Shaughnessy)


Words of magic and wonder that sound deeply inside of me everytime I read them...
Probably also because I grew up like this, listening to this words every Christmas eve, through the lips of Gene Wilder, in this scene from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory".

A wonderful soundtrack for growing up, I believe pika21

So I had to pay my fee, I guess. To pay my debt for the help in building my dreams and imaginary and my will to believe in Dreams so strongly...And I did it with pure pleasure and delightpika06

Here's my second tribute to my childhood, introduced to you, step by step:


Step 1: inspiration
I watched the movie again and again, I listened to the soundtrack (and also added "Pure imagination" to this blog playlist pika06) and made a great research on the web, looking for the perfect pictures and hints.
I collected a great selection of reference images, but as you will clearly see, this picture above is the one that helped me the most.



Step 2: conception
Two or three extremely rough sketches with ballpoint pen on very poor paper, in order to set up the composition and distinctive character features.
The sketch above passed my final selection.



Step 3: realization
Et voila!
Here he is, the Dreamer of Dreams, framed like a prince (the frame is another great flea market find, re-painted for the occasion).
My debt is paid, for the moment...But more pieces are to come, because my debt is huge just as much as the fun and delight I have in creating these little tributes to my childhood memories!


And so now everything is ready, all packed up and shipped towards LA, for this great art show at Gallery 1988:

Crazy4Cult
Opening reception: Friday, July 9th, 7-10 PM

Gallery1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90038

You're all welcome!!

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"We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems."
(Arthur O'Shaughnessy)


Parole di meraviglia e di magia che risuonano forti dentro di me ogni volta le leggo...
Probabilmente anche perchè sono cresciuta così, ascoltando queste parole ogni vigilia di Natale, attraverso le labbra di Gene Wilder in questa scena tratta da "Willy Wonka & la fabbrica di Cioccolato".

Una colonna sonora bellissima per crescere, penso pika21

Dunque dovevo pagar la mia tassa prima o poi, immagino. Pagare il debito per tutto l'aiuto ricevuto nel costruire i miei sogni ed il mio immaginario e la mia testardaggine nel credere nei sogni...E l'ho fatto con sommo piacere e dilettopika06

Ecco a voi il secondo tributo alla mia infanzia, passo dopo passo:


Step 1: ispirazione

Ho visto il film varie volte, ho ascoltato la soundtrack (ed ho anche aggiunto "Pure imagination" alla playlist di questo blog pika06) ed ho fatto una grande ricerca di immagini e spunti sul web.
Ho raccolto una bella selezione di immagini di riferimento, ma come vedrete l'immagine qui sopra è quella che mi ha aiutata di più.


Step 2: idea

Due o tre schizzi velicissimi con la penna a sfera su dei fogliacci, per sistemare la composizione e le caratteristiche distintive dei personaggi.
Lo schizzo qui sopra è quello che ha passato la mia selezione finale.



Step 3: realizzazione

Et voila!
Eccolo qui, il Sognatore di Sogni, incorniciato come si conviene ad un principe (la cornice è un altro colpo fortunato pescato al mercatino delle pulci, ridipinta per l'occasione).
Il mio debito è pagato, per il momento...Ma altri pezzi arriveranno, perchè il mio debito è grande almeno tanto quanto il divertimento che provo nel realizzare questi piccoli tributi alle memorie della mia infanzia!

E così ora tutto è pronto, bello impacchettato e spedito alla volta di Los Angeles, per la mostra collettiva alla Gallery 1988:

Crazy4Cult
Opening reception: Friday, July 9th, 7-10 PM

Gallery1988 Los Angeles
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90038

Siete tutti i benvenuti!!

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6 comments:

  1. what wonderful art..may i ask what medium you used to paint or create your art..and please please could you post more of your actual art process WIP..hugs janet TY once again for my lovely bookmark..jan

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  2. Hallo dear, as I said for the other piece about "Edward Scissorhands", I used a mixed technique on watercolour paper: mostly acrylics with watercolours and some gouache details, with tiny collage elements :)

    ..Usually I do not take pictures of my WIPs...I'm a bit shy about that...But maybe in the future I'll manage myself to post a much more detailed step-by-step creation ;)

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  3. Rêveur un brin illuminé qui nous entraîne dans ses rêveries chocolatées... J'adore !

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  4. Scusa se lo chiedo a te... ma si possono ancora mandare illustrazioni per CRAZY 4 CULT spedendole entro il 9 luglio? (scusa ma leggendo dal loro sito non ho capito bene e avevo lasciato perdere)grazie!
    ste

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  5. My wife and I went to the 1988 gallery for the first time specifically because we knew your pieces were in it! And I have to say you did not disappoint!

    I love the edward scissorhands piece! Great stylized characters. And the Wonka one is just as impressive. They are great to see online, but terribly impressive in person. Great color, composition, characters and perfect framing.

    I just wish your next show wasn't in Rome...as we won't be able to make it.

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  6. Hallo Isaac,
    Oh my! Seriously?
    You went to the gallery expecially because my pieces were there?

    Wow...It's such an honour!!
    So many awesome and famous artists are involved in that show...And you were there for me!!
    This makes me feel so special ♥

    Your words truly made my day!!!
    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!

    Ale*

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