These last couple of weeks, I’ve frantically been working to complete the fusing portion of the center horseman panel before other, looming responsibilities interrupt me. The body of the rider has taken a lot of energy. There were many tiny pieces and a lot of confusion in sorting out what was what in the photo, but I finally put him together.
The big design decision here was the color scheme for the blanket. The overall scheme for the piece is a double compliment: red-green, blue-orange. Currently, a very dark orange is brought into the composition through the horse. I really wanted to work in some lighter warm orange in the blanket, but couldn’t visualize it. Several photocopies of the pattern were made and filled in with colored pencils. In the end, it was a red, white, blue, and gray scheme that worked with the rest of the composition. See the progress below.
I’ll tell you about the background in a future blog.