“Luna II” Print
Another elegantly-rendered second look at one of Nicholas Ivins’ most enduring creations!
I had done the original “Luna” a few years prior to this one. At the time it represented a tonal shift in how I approached the conceptualization and creation of pieces, as well as an experiment in combining multiple mediums to achieve a different look.
This version is similarly innovative for me. Instead of my normal process of inking the drawing and coloring, I did a graphite wash, using a variety of implements to create a blended, more tonal appearance. I used to do graphite drawings more frequently during high school and college, so it was interesting to return to that medium. I used my usual ink pens to outline the major components of the drawing, and I liked the contrast between the black and soft greys it created. The background texture was done with gouache paint separately, and combined in Photoshop, where it was all colored digitally. My normal “cel-shaded” coloring style was eschewed in favor of a softer, more airbrushed technique to compliment the graphite gradations.
There’s a tendency among many artists/creators to revisit or redo their previous work. It’s a natural impulse, as every project bestows new lessons and experience upon the creator. For those artists that continually strive to be better, the opportunity of redoing their past pieces to apply those new lessons and correct missteps is an alluring one, especially if the work in question did not live up to the artist’s expectations. It’s an urge that I try to ignore as much as possible, as I would prefer to apply that experience in new ways and on new things, rather than endlessly fiddling with stuff I’ve already made (I would dub this the “George Lucas Syndrome,” after his constant “remastering” of the Star Wars movies).
But occasionally I do like to indulge in a little nostalgic reimagining. As I did with “Reina II,” my intention was to showcase the character in a different way, highlighting different aspects of them or drawing attention to the passage of time. My favorite detail is the tattoo on her other arm (just barely visible in the first); I enjoyed both the symmetry of the design and concept—it is an ankh, the Egyptian symbol of everlasting life.