In addition to watching documentaries and looking at pictures, I thought I would do a little first-hand research this past winter. Since I spent all of my money buying art supplies, I couldn’t afford a trip to the arctic. Instead I drove down to Utah Lake. There weren’t any polar bears, but with temperatures 20 degrees below freezing I imagine it wasn’t too far off from April in the arctic. It didn’t help that I was only wearing moccasins, a blazer and socks on my hands (oh and pants too, in case there were any questions).
I’ve also finished the stone quay, from which my miniature man will be departing on a seal-hunting schooner. Now, don’t anyone get uptight, the story is set in 1860, back when seals were valued only for their coats and blubber. They hadn’t realized yet that cuteness is more valuable—therefore not to be shot or clubbed.
Anyway, the quay is made of styrofoam, which I carved, covered in plaster, textured with spray-on-stone and painted.
The photo’s above are from my not so arctic, but plenty numb adventure. The one below is my mini-quay.
The story I am illustrating for my BFA project takes place in the arctic. I was researching arctic icebergs, flows, and glaciers and came across a documentary called “Chasing Ice”. In short, it is about photographer James Balog’s project to document receding glaciers. It show’s indisputable proof of our changing climate and raises concerns about the dire consequences of such a change. In addition to that, it is also an engaging story of how the project came about and was executed.
The film is full of beautiful photography and time lapse. I recommend watching it if only for the stunning visuals. However, I was also touched by what may be the last fleeting glimpse of an incredible part of our earth’s history.
The images in this post are from the film. I hope Mr. Balog and the producers of “Chasing Ice” won’t mind my showing them here. The film is available for streaming on Netflix and you can watch a trailer or find out more at chasingice.com