I have been improving the art again. I blame the moon.
When I looked at the original banner for our King in Yellow Christmas Cards Kickstarter, I realized that the art for “Behind the Moon” was mostly cool blues. It lacked the strong yellow note that tied the other three images together. This could not stand! Then I opened up the project file to change the moon and saw “No Mask” needed more love as well, so I worked on the art nouveau ostentation of Camilla and Cassilda.
I’ve spent more time on No Mask more than any of the other pieces, mostly because it took me a while to tell the two ladies apart. Camilla is associated with flowers and takes the lead in questioning the Stranger. Cassilda speaks for the city —possible derivations of her name are “belonging to the house” and “to sing” or “poem" — so I designed her as queen and gave her purple robes and a crown. Unfortunately their names were so similar that I confused which was which, and I was well into the painting before I realized that I needed to show Camilla whispering to Cassilda and not the other way around.
Fun note about how we process sequential images — because my language reads from left to right and top to bottom, I see the stories in visual art the same way. Even in a single image, implied action begins in the upper left and flows to the right and down. In theatre staging, heroes and aggressors enter from the left side of the stage, and villains and defenders enter from the right in response. This is how I read images today. So when I realized that the two ladies were trading action, I revised them so that Camilla was on the left side, Cassilda listening to her on the right.
Now that Cassilda and Camilla were sorted out, I could work on “Behind the Moon.”
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