So, how do I develop the lion design? Firstly, I do a google image search and see the different pictures, photographs and drawings out there – all good inspiration. Working with “copyright free” images is great if possible, because then you can actually use the exact image. Chestofbooks.com is a good website for older drawings and images.
The picture of the lion comes from the Chest of Books site and is perfect for my designs. I can use the image as it is without risk of breaking copyright.
The next picture is the wood carving that the lion was a sketch for. It’s great to see the actual drawing design and also the finished piece of work that it created.
I am debating whether to create a 3D necklace drop, in a lion design, or a 2D design. This is a decision that I will probably make after getting to the actual colour rendering stage. I can picture both of them in my head and they both have different pleasing aspects.
The above photograph is an inspiration for my 2D Lion design. There is a really pleasing simplicity to these forms – yet they are not minimalist or stark. I love the naive slightly hand beaten look about them and I can imagine that they sit really nicely across the chest due to the wide, flat top of the animal’s back. A 3D Lion design would be more tactile, perhaps more suited to younger people than the above 2D design.
So the drawing process gets going again.