Being on my 'patch' it was a job I really wanted to do, but also something I'd never tackled before. I wanted it to stand out and represent my individual style, so persuaded the GWG to allow me to do it my way (didn't take much persuading if truth be told) which involved my birdy characterizations placed in a digital background, a technique which has served me well over the years.
And so began a summer of initially wandering the area and taking photographs, digitally manipulating these and constructing a basic background on computer. The watercolour characters I already had a few stock images so used these for problem solving, with much to-ing and fro-ing of emails as the panel gradually took shape with new characters and much input from both sides to get over hurdles of composition, subject inclusion (very hard to trim the selection down) and technical and design issues to suit requirements. It was a real challenge, and one I enjoyed immensely.
Six months later it was completed to everyone's satisfaction, then beautifully printed by local experts Chromazone, and put into place on the Derwent Walk just last week for all to see :
|The Completed Artwork file, art and design by yours truly|
Text supplied by GWG
|Viewed from the north coming over the viaduct|
|Viewed from the south, viaduct in the distance|
|Arrowed signpost leads to the depicted meadows|
|The panel in situ|
GWG were very pleased with the result, as was I, like I said, the colours came out beautifully in the A1 print, my photos were taken on a very grey day so don't really show it at its best. An A2 version will be displayed on the walls of Thornley Woodlands Centre, but its only a short walk around the sculpture trail and down the steps to the viaduct to see the real thing.
Once again many thanks to Gateshead Wildlife Group (www.gatesheadwildlifegroup.weebly.com) for trusting me with their vision, and to Chromazone (www.chromazone-imaging.co.uk) for the brilliant print job.
It's a bit different from the usual illustrated info panels, hopefully appeal to the local kids and the many families who use the Derwent Walk Country Parks. Let me know what you think if you venture along to see it, feedback always welcome.