So, here goes. I did my ‘research’…
There will be other elements in there that make it pop, like some flower murrini and the scroll work being done in longer solid pieces instead of the dotted murrini. I still have to decide what to do with the background and work out colors.
Here’s a neater version:
Tracing and drawing this again probably isn’t necessary. I could have scanned the sketch if I wanted to or just transferred the image to the glass right from the sketch but I like to think of this step as ‘getting to know my subject.’ Becoming intimate with it. I also love working with tracing paper. This step also allows me time to think about other elements of the piece yet to come while I reproduce a more simple line drawing. Things like color, shape of the murrini (should the ground be green and each tesserae shaped like a blade of grass? How am I going to get those swirls made out of one continuous piece of glass? Should I make him golden or flesh tone?
I enjoy each step I take in the process, which is surprising to me. Also though, as I work on each step I look forward to the next. It is like working out a puzzle…searching for the exact piece, finding it and then the satisfaction that comes fitting it into place…all leading up to a pretty cool finished product and sense of accomplishment.
Time to go get the tile ready and decide on colors.