From Sketch to Print; The Crane, Symbol of Happiness, Fertility and Long Life
I first got the idea for a drawing, The Circle of Life, from a chance meeting with a Sarus Crane, in the Delta region of Myanmar, during a ten hour drive from Yangon to the coast. The worlds tallest bird, standing as high as a human, it was a truly mystical awe-inspiring experience. At this meeting, I instinctively understood why the bird is so revered throughout much of the sub continent and the far east. The crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. Over a few months the drawing developed organically, becoming a painstaking process, a therapeutic mantra. I knew it was essential to get the balance right, between the energetic movement of the birds, and instill a zen-like, contemplation in the drawing. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing this picture.
Now, I think it is about time for it to take flight and meet the world. The Photo Shoot was a collaboration between Model: Aiden Tiellii Photographer: Paul Ward and myself. Many Thanks Guys for such stunning results.