Clockwork: Key to My Heart
January 27th, 2011
No. 2 mechanical pencil on drawing paper, scanned and edited in Paint.NET100 Themes Challenge: Variation 3 #4: Lock and Key
T-shirt design version of this is here EDIT:
At the advice of
, I worked on cleaning up the linework and adding more details in the gears and the lock. I also changed the background texture and lightened it a bit, since the original was too dark. EDIT 2 8/15/11:
Over 100 favs and almost 2,000 views!
This is such a huge milestone for me! Thanks so much to everybody! EDIT 3 8/17/12:
200 favs and over 6,000 views--a year and a half later, this is still the most popular piece in my gallery!
The parchment texture is here: [link]
The reference for the key is here:[link]
I have NO idea how many hours I've worked on this sketch. My best guess is probably 10-12 hours total.
Yes, I did ALL those gears FREEHAND
. Well, mostly freehand. I got a bunch of circular things--cups, toys, perfume bottle, Visine, etc.--and traced around them lightly to get all the gears laid out. Other than that, it's freehand. And yes, they all fit together. Would they actually work? Who knows!
Where did the idea come from? Well, I like fancy locks and keys, and I like the "key to my heart" idea. But the "key to my heart" thing is really kind of overdone, and it got me to thinking that someone having the key to my
heart doesn't necessarily mean that I'm his, y'know? It's not that easy (sorry, boys!
lol kidding!), and that's what the gears represent. The gears are going to get stuck, or rust, or whatever it is that gears do (I'm quite mechanically challenged). Basically, they need maintenance and maintenance means work, so...yeah...
It makes sense in my head.
I've also been intrigued by the concept of "steampunk", and I've wanted to try some art related to that. That's where the gears came from. I thought it would feel more steampunk if I put it on an old paper texture, to make it look like old blueprints.
Comments and critiques are welcome!