“All right! Time to get up! We need to get started!” My dad’s voice comes out firm and clear from the kitchen. As I begin to get up I look out the window at a nice clear fall sunrise, the colorful fall leaves are lazily blowing about the yard. I notice my older brother on his way down the driveway for a quick morning bike ride. When I sit down to my bowl of cereal I look over at my dad. He’s already dressed in a thick flannel jacket with a good pair of jeans. “You’ll want your boots today.” He says as he laces up his own. I nod knowingly, it’s the morning of our families annual Wood Harvest Festival. When we get down to the barn my brother is already back, he’s sitting on a log exchanging his usual hipster shoes with his solid work boots. His bike is propped up against the fence. It’s a rather nice bike, with a custom frame that my brother built himself. As my brother get’s up dad comes out of the barn with his chainsaw and an axe. it’s time to get to work.
This diorama is a representation of my family’s annual Wood Harvest Festival, an excessively glorified name for a massive day of cutting down old trees on our farm, sawing them into logs and then splitting and stacking them. Not really much of a festival. I tried to capture the aftermath, as it were, of that day, after the work was done, with the sun going down, the logs stacked and boots taken off.
Every thing was handmade by myself. The axe is made of brass and wood. The boots out of leather with thread laces. The fence is made of wood and tiny nails. The logs are split natural wood. The bike is made of brass wire and metal solder.
Society6 "I don't really like people who go around brandishing the banner of justice. No matter the reason, where humans are involved, there is no black or white, no justice or evil--there is only our will." - Pandora
I really like this quote from Pandora; it kind of reflects my opinion. There is no ultimate goodness or evil. I think that if Lena tries, she can "fight" the darkness, and reach the light no matter what. Thus, I chose to depict her catching/grasping the "light" even though the darkness is trying to engulf her (the lace, the clothes, etc.). So yes, this is supposed to be Lena of the Light. Lots of symbolism I tried to tie in, but I don't want to name them all and weigh the image down with it. Especially since people will have contrasting views on the symbolism.
Edit: Added her necklace, Intensified colors & sharpened image I didn't put her necklace because it seemed out of place when I first sketched it, but I will try to do something in the next couple of hours so this might change a little... Had a lot of fun pulling this one off and quite proud of the result, even if the final product isn't quite my initial expectations, haha. Hope you guys enjoy it too!
Edit2: Oh my goodness! I'm one of the semifinalists! o___o Thank you so much for the honor. If anyone has suggestions to further improve the work, do let me know! : )