Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cornell Lab for Orinthology Poster by Charlie Harper

The Cornell Lab has a nice little interview with Charlie Harper about the creation of the epic We Think the World of Birds poster.
I start with a sketch. For the Lab's painting, I cut out a lot of bird shapes and pushed them around until I was sure they were where I wanted them to be. This let me try different combinations and different compositions very easily, and then, when I finally decided where to put them, I stuck them down with rubber cement. That gave me the basis for the painting. The problem is that I kept wanting to make changes and every time I did that it added another hour or two to the process. I tried so hard to make this painting the best thing I've ever done, which is a measure of how important it is to me.