Having decided on the street scene with the endless waterfall fountain, I had to try to "Eisner it up" more.
I figured the best way to do that would be to add as many Eisner figures as I could.
I also added a third vanishing point, changed the background, made the building on the right smaller, added the foreground building on the left and had an idea on how to integrate the foreground figure into the illusion in what I hoped was an appropriately humourous way.
Eric has given the concept the green light. Now to do it full size.
During the course of emailing all of my sketches to Eric regarding the "Eschner" mash-up, he had mentioned that an alternate idea would be to do something along the lines of Escher's "Three Worlds".
This is also a favourite of mine. I gave it a try myself, not wandering too far from the original concept but I did want to try to add another layer to the image; to see if I could make it look as if there was something lying on the bottom of the lake.
I had thought, while I was doing this, that I could use imagery from Eric's part of the world, namely Boskoop in South Holland.
(Which is kinda funny since Eric then suggested that I use iconic Canadian images incorporated into this concept; pines, maple leaves, beaver, etc. But that idea may work better for another project I have yet to start.)
When I Googled Boskoop, I found this image:
So, of course, I just had to try to Escher-up the bridge...
Which also was fun to try but didn't really work.
It was high time to stop playing around with sketches and come up with workable concept.
Anyway... back to the problem at hand: how to integrate an Escher element into an Eisner street scene....
I took a very basic "Endless Waterfall" and thought I'd use it as a public fountain/sculpture kinda thing:
Not sure this works and I would need to “Eisner-it-up” more...
what I liked the best was the fire escape on the right. This got me thinking, what would an Escher fire escape look like?
Kind of interesting. Both the fire escape and the building to which it's attached have to flip 90 degrees from top to bottom.
I wasn't sure if this really worked either but it was a fun experiment.
Then I tried an "Endless Commute" idea; basically the waterfall illusion with a stairway/escalator substituting for the waterfall and an endless line of people shuffling through. Maybe incorporating trains and/or buses...
...couldn't get that to work at all. Then I thought, maybe an Escher scaffold that I could use in a street scene:
...and that didn't really work either. So then I thought, what other Escher tricks could I use? This is an interesting one:
Nowhere near what we'd discussed, though.
So I thought I'd give one more idea a try. I laid out a grid (the way all of these began) and I started to play around with it...
...and quickly realized that I had no idea what I was doing and was probably officially out of ideas.
This past weekend I was a "Special Guest" at the 2013 G33K Art Show.
It is a small event that "seeks to provide opportunities to emerging artists of comic, sci-fi, fantasy, animation and other alternative branches by offering a chance to showcase their work in an artistic setting".
This is their third year and the second time that the show was held in the Rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall.
Sell prints... ...don't sell prints... ...it's all good.
For an exhibit/show like this, the Rotunda (as funny as the name sounds) is a great location; open and airy and bright.
The show was actually a lot of fun and we met some great people. Maybe I should started doing conventions again...
Gerhard's 2014 "Can You Believe It's Been Ten Years Since Issue 300?" Tour.
I've been commissioned by Eric to do an Escher/Eisner mash-up. He’d like it based on Escher's 'Waterfall',
but was thinking also of Will Eisner's 'Big City' and could I do a piece which is inspired by these two great works of art?
I started doing sketches. The problem is that Escher illusions don't lend themselves to quick sketches.
You have to closely follow the rules of perspective in order to break or bend them.
Here's me trying to figure out the classic Escher perspective trick where the object flips direction.
It's the basis for the “Endless Waterfall” and many other Escher drawings.
It's at this point I realize that I've made a fundamental error:
the top of the bottom section and the bottom of the top section have to be parallel for the trick to work.
I try it again. You can see the two parallel lines that form the basis of the trick.
I put the loop through it just for fun and to demonstrate the “two way” nature of the middle section.
What bothered me here is that the middle section is much higher than the other two...
...here I manage to get the three sections to look closer to the same size.
To me, they look like a child's building blocks. So... I did a quick drawing that I think I will call:
“Mr. and Mrs. Escher were very proud of their little boy.”
Anyway... I better get back to the problem at hand: how to integrate an Escher element into an Eisner street scene.