Jackie provided me with this:
“I am the magic that fills the night, the dark that sets the stars alight.”
Immediately my mind rushed to personification. Blues and purples and twinkling stars. Feminine Magic. Here's what I came up with.
I started with a series of thumbnails as the rush of ideas came to me. These are quick scribbles, no more than 2"x2" usually. I pick the one that feels right, either by design or balance. Then I do a small color test, usually in colored pencil, to get my palette set. And then to the big paper I go. I freehand cut those collaged mountains because I just needed to, even though I'd sketched them out. Illustration is a very intuitive thing for me. Even though the sketch is set, I still change things at the last moment. It's all about that feel.
I also used stencils this time, cut from some scrap watercolor paper using an X-Acto knife, to create the forest atop the mountains. I will certainly be using this technique again.
Interpreting this phrase was a great exercise for both of us, allowing a peek into our collective creative processes. As a visual artist, it's important that the filter we process a writer's work through is clear and focused but does justice to both our work simultaneously. We do not create art in a vacuum, it's there for the interpretation of others. It's good to see that the messages we wish to convey can get through clearly.