Dimensional Illustration Finished Series

Dimensional illustration portrait of adventurer prior to shipping out on a seal hunting schooner.Dimensional illustration of dock scene with explorer prior to shipping out on seal hunting schooner. From art exhibit "Five Months on the Ice" by James Gardner at Gallery 303, Harris Fine Arts Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally decided to post the finished series, as I promised. If you haven’t been following along, I have various posts documenting the production of these illustrations. The series tells the story of an adventurer who signs aboard a seal hunting schooner.

Dimensional illustration of schooner sailing near drift ice. Framed between icebergs.

Dimensional illustration bow of ship amongst drift ice. From story Five Months on the Ice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The_vessel is out too late in the season and strikes ice. When the schooner begins taking on water, the crew abandons ship–all except our hero who was rendered unconscious by a blow to the head. He awakes to discover that the ice has closed around the vessel and locked it in place. After gathering supplies, he strikes out, knowing that the schooner could be lost at any time. Unfortunately, I had to pick and choose my scenes. I wasn’t able to illustrate many of the adventures he experiences on the ice. 

Dimensional illustration from Five Months on the Ice. Arctic survivor trudges toward a ship wreck locked in the ice.Dimensional illustration featuring wreck survivor struggling ashore after five months on the arctic ice.

 

 

 

However, I did one of my favorite scenes—when he finds the Ship with the angel figurehead just as he is about to give in to exhaustion and cold. After resting, resupplying and weathering a storm in the Angel ship, he strikes out again. Eventually (five months after the original shipwreck) he sights land and struggles ashore.

Shots From “Five Months on the Ice”

Ice ship from dimensional illustration exhibition "Five Months on the Ice"

These are images from my recent show in Gallery 303 at the Harris Fine Arts Center. The project illustrated the story of an adventurer shipwrecked and stranded on arctic ice. All of the images were created by building miniature models, sets and props to photograph scenes from the story. Each prop and set was designed and built specifically for the scene in which it was used. I have included a few individual pieces as they were hung at the show, but I will be posting individual images of the whole series later too. Hope you enjoy. It was a lot of effort, but a lot of fun to spend five months on the ice with my character.

Dimensional Illustrations and miniature models on display in Gallery 303 at Harris Fine Arts Center in "Five Months on the Ice"

Fisheye image of "Five Months on the Ice" on display in Gallery 303 Harris Fine Arts Center

Miniature model on display in conjunction with dimensional illustration prints in "Five Months on the Ice" at Gallery 303 Harris Fine Arts Center

Lighting in the Gallery was a little harsher for my models than would be optimum, but their primary purpose was to be photographed in my studio for the illustrations and they looked great like that, so I won’t complain.

Dimensional Illustrations on display in Gallery 303 Harris Fine Arts Center

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