pipe and drum

I decided to make their cheeks pink because they puffing so much. Also because it’s really very unusual in early art to find a frontal face like this because it’s very hard to get right – they’re normally three quarters or profile – so it gave them a bit more life.

I think I got him “right” inasmuch as he looks like the one in manuscript, although I can’t remember if the crossed eyes are mine or the scribe’s. I think the pink cheeks work on the frontal face but not so much on the profile. Mostly I just like the piper on the left because he’s doing Ian Anderson’s iconic flute playing pose, so it worked out quite neatly that I was working on this the same week as the Tull concert.

I do like his grey hair though, and overall I’m very pleased with how all the disparate creatures are interconnecting in the composition – it’s one thing to look at the cartoon and think it works, but it’s much more satisfying to see them in the flesh.

~ by opusanglicanum on April 18, 2018.

2 Responses to “pipe and drum”

  1. There’s a beautifully pointed toe on the dancing pipe-and-tabor player, too!

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