The card above was card 24/61 for ICAD 2016. It is a card that amuses me, in the end, and that reminds me of the process and the ways in which a piece of creative work takes shape.
During my stay with family, we played cards most evenings, first in larger circles when my brother was there, and then in a smaller group of four or five with the boys into the late evening. The boys developed a serious affinity for Rook this year, and we often played Rook for hours and hours at night. No TV. No movies. No video games. No drawing index cards. No knitting. We played cards.
The theme for ICAD 24 was “Magenta.” At the end of the day, it was almost 2AM when things settled, and yet I had not drawn my card. I went in to bed with a card, a pencil, and the finger puppet, which I had thought of because of the patch of magenta (or fuchsia) on its face. I tried to decide how I wanted to draw the finger puppet and finally took a few photos of it on my finger. That worked.
Half falling asleep, I drew the puppet with its magenta face patch so that I was on track for the day and the card.
The next morning, I inked in the card, leaving my pencil lines in place. And then, because of the magenta, I used Neocolor II crayons to add in some color. I was tempted to leave it at that, done–this bold finger puppet, atop a black and white finger, in the middle of a card.
But morning coffee is a good time to contemplate cards and composition and the filling of space. At heart, I am a space filler. I often fill space on ICAD cards, working to the space rather than to a pre-defined composition.
I first decided to do a background on half of the card that echoed the magenta color. I added a sticker from an insulated mug I had received the night before. I stenciled in the number, and then, looking at the bold puppet and patterned background, I stenciled in the words that appear on the left: “Magenta: stand for something.” (I toyed with making it stand up for something versus just stand for something. I ultimately opted to leave the word out, but I added an arrow, a bit of encoding so it could be read either way.)
The words were a surprise and born entirely of the card. As I looked at that little puppet with its magenta face, the words seemed significant and meaningful.