This project took me ages! I think it was about a year in total from sketch to completion. I had a long post about this on my previous blog, and have finally built up the initiative to post the process again. You can click on any of the thumbnails for a more detailed version.
First Step: The Sketches and Digital Color Test
Second Step: Mapping the Pieces and Painting Watercolor Swatches
To make sure that I constructed Treebeard correctly I had to map out all of the pieces, and then paint swatches for each of the mapped pieces.
Third Step: Cutting out the Pieces and Construction
To cut out the pieces I have to trace them from my “map” onto tracing paper, and then tape the tracing paper to my colored swatches. It’s time consuming!
Fourth Step: Building the Box and Placing Treebeard
I built the shadowbox with some lumber I bought at the hardware store, and painted it black. The Treebeard figure had to be attached to a wire skeleton that I glued to the frame. After gluing in the ground and Treebeard I attached the background. Later I had the pieces on the outside of the frame laminated (so they wouldn’t be ruined if the box was splashed with water), and I super-glued them to the front of the frame.