October’s AJE Component of the Month challenge centered on a raven theme, rather than on a specific component. Participants were invited to create raven jewelry or jewelry components.
Unlike some of my AJE teammates, I have no background in drawing or painting and I’ve only recently begun making a few tentative sketches. My 1st idea was to keep things simple and just draw a raven feather that I could translate into a pendant. Even though you’d think a feather would be easy to draw, it took me quite a long time to get the shape and proportions to my liking. I think this will transfer well into clay. I have some ideas for patterns to go inside the feather outline. Can’t wait to carve out some time, so I can get my hands back into clay.
I got to see one of Caroline’s initial raven drawings and Jennifer has been privately sharing some of her drawings from a college class she has been taking this semester. They inspired me to try drawing a raven head. Three labored attempts landed in the trash before the drawing you see below. And I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I erased portions of this picture, because I couldn’t get the proportions right. This was several hours of work. Obviously this does not come naturally to me. But I’m all about stretching beyond your comfort zone. Karen helped me see that this guy needs a bit more structure at the top of the head, especially at the juncture with the beak. But overall I’m pretty happy with him – I surprised myself! I have no plans to make this raven head into a pendant. I just challenged myself to try drawing this for the fun of it. I do plan to make use of the feather, though.
Although I have a raven pendant from Jenny Davies-Reazor, I ran out of time to design a necklace with it. I will, however, share a finished necklace that is already in my shop and just waiting to fly home with someone.
This is a blog hop! So head on over to Art Jewelry Elements to get links to all the other participants. I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!
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