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Whisper of the Sith
Whisper of the Sith is a body of work based on Scottish Myth and Legend.
The Initial project was supported by The Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Visual Arts Award Scheme around the year 2013.
My art is created by hand using ink pens and I enjoy most of all playing with intricate line work and pattern in a highly stylised manner. I create mainly pieces in A3 size and under due to the level of detail in each piece but the challenge of this project was to create a set of A1 size works in my style whilst retaining the level of detail and experimenting with composition and contrast. The award covered framing and presentation costs so they could be of a high standard and this was my first, large scale display of works (in The Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen). I created many A1 pieces over 9 months and some smaller companion pieces.
A big part of the project was to research the Myths and Legends from my Scottish heritage. I also learned a great deal about how I work and put together my finished pieces. I have always been a spontaneous artist, working straight onto the finished board and drawing and inking in short bursts working out the image as I go along. I guess my first "self discovery" was that this is how I am comfortable and side sketches and thumbnails are not my usual style. Certainly for the first piece I have found myself working this way and perhaps because it is "the first one" I am revisiting imagery that I am comfortable with, familiar symbolism and stylisation.