|My first drawing|
I did my best with a pencil and paper, fearing all along that no one would
be able to interpret my drawings. You can see from the picture that I
originally wanted to dress the samurai in armor. I planned on full body
sculptures. This was all based on what I had seen in floats made during
the nebuta festivals of past years. This plan was rejected for a few
reasons. The wanted a kimono on the samurai and they informed me that the
faces needed to be larger than any other parts of the full sculpture.
|This is what they sent back to me|
Their suggestion was to leave the legs completely off of both creatures.
This made it possible to make the remainign portion of each figure much
larger and had the added benefit of being easier to stand up. Making the
legs heavy enough to hold up the weight of the torso and head was something
that I was concerned about. Starting with the torso provided a wider base
for everything to rest on.
|This detailed drawing of the room and the complete sculpture is what we agreed on before I left for Japan.|