I belong to EBSQ and they have monthly online art shows. At the beginning of the year they issued a challenge for artists to commit to submitting art for at least one show a month for a year. That seemed to me to have my name written all over it.
One of this month's shows is Marsupials and Other Australian Oddities. I already have an older ATC I can submit, but I wanted to make something new, too.
This guy has been morphing into a lot of different things. Right now he seems to be some sort of totem animal.
I looked up the word marsupial and found that there is something that he kind of sort of somewhat resembles. I am going to work off of that...and he certainly will be an oddity.
I had heard of sugar gliders before, but I had never seen a picture of one. Imagine my surprise to learn they were marsupials -- and -- it already partly looks like the guy I made up.
This has so much potential...and its little hands and fingers are so creepy/cool.
The photo is from here.
Okay -- so this is the glider-creature as it is today.
How can I give it a pouch? What else will I do with it?
I found a sheet of styrofoam packing material that was in my reuse bin and I cut it into strips. What a mess -- all those little static-filled tiny balls floating around!
I cleared up all the debris and quickly put aluminum foil around the pieces...whew!
At first I just tried to cut the pieces and hold them to the body to see if I could make arms and hands...yeh...that wasn't very productive. It became a major math problem very quickly.
No getting around it, I had to try to sketch it.
Then I went shopping in the basement...
...I wonder what will make the best pouch?
I will work on this some more tonight. I wanted to blog it now before I got too far along when I wouldn't want to stop and take photos and blog about it. I am hoping my Universal collaborators are planning on coming over.
When I was looking for marsupials I also looked for Australian myths and legends and that led me to The Dreamtime/The Dreaming and after that I also looked at some aboriginal art to see what possibly might work its way into the piece.
There is another upcoming art exhibition I have in mind that calls for collage and assemblage. I am hoping this finished piece will work for that show, too...but that isn't until July. Plenty of time to keep morphing.