Tile Thirteen

Tile thirteen features characters from Anpao. In the background, the moon rises over the shores of a lake. The Moon, the main antagonist in the story, is depicted as a woman with a cold, pale face, and her complexion is reflected in the water. Initially, I intended to draw the moon and put a womanís face reflecting on the surface of the lake. It wasnít clear enough what was happening, and the moon was moved up to tile eight. Drawing the reflection across the ruffled surface was supposed to be really easy. I was going to simply drop it into photoshop and use a ripple filter. This didnít generate the desired effect, so I built the reflection by hand.

In the foreground is Wasicong, the narrator of the tale. He is an old man and an owl. Simultaneously. In class, I tried to talk about how someone could be both a person and an animal in a story like this, but it was clear that my words were not really having any effect. I still got questions like, ďso is he part owl, part person???Ē Yeah, and all owl and all person. All at the same time. Designing him was, accordingly, daunting. I attempted making his silhouette an owl, I tried hiding an owl in the shape of his tunic, and I tried drawing a bizarre shaman with an owl for an arm. It was all pretty loopy stuff. In the end, I made him part owl, part person. Sigh. Big time.

What made this tile particularly stressful was knowing that, should the recipient not really care for it, she could simply redraw it more skillfully and hand it back to me. Iím really happy with the end product, but I would have taken more risks if the stakes hadnít been so high.


I think I'm supposed to put some copyright information here at the bottom:
Copyright Daniel Miller, 2011