Ideas come to me for the Luminette imagery in many different ways. Often I am guided by my current color obsession. Sometimes an amusing scene crystalizes in my mind's eye. And every once in a while a customer requests something that resonates with me. In all cases, the idea first materializes in my sketch book. I don't spend a lot of time on the sketch. Mainly I create the lines and general flow of the image with pencil and leave the color to the next phase.
Using colored pencils, chalk pastels and watercolor crayons I render the image in color, much larger than before.
Tools of my trade.
The drawing is photographed and printed on a durable milky-backed film. It's tough enough to drill into, in preparation for a later stage.
I design the copper frames that are cut out locally by waterjet technology. They start out shiny and raw but become uniquely textured by sanding and colored by a patina bath.
My trusty eyeleting tool completes the job of connecting image and clip to frame. No flimsy gluing here... made to last.
And it's done -- ready to plug in, delight and beguile!