Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Shallan Collage Project

Anyone remember the collage I was working on as a final project last semester?

Well, it's back.

Title: Looking Across the Shattered Plains
Size: 14 by 11 inches
This (still) unfinished piece is a collage showing Shallan Davar sitting on a rocky ledge, looking out across the Shattered Plains, ready to sketch anything that catches her eye.

I'm quite happy with this project. I've been sneaking in a few minutes of work on it every here and there for a few months, and this week I finally broke down and worked on it for several hours.

I'd never really done any collages before last semester, but it seems they've really taken hold of me. There's something fantastic and nearly magical about being able to take a pair of scissors to a stack of old National Geographic magazines and use a glue stick to pile and arrange the slivers of color into not only something vaguely recognizable, but a picture, a half story in visual form.

This picture comes from the inside cover of Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance. It's one of the best fantasy books ever, with one of my favorite magic systems of all time, so I suggest you all go read it.

Here's my reference image:

I really cannot believe how nicely this project is coming along. More than that, I can't believe how incredibly fun it is to work on this project. :D


  1. this looks great , The shapes come through nicely and give it an interesting depth

  2. This is stunning, Megumi. The pieces of paper really give such depth and texture to the scene that you can almost feel a highstorm coming on.

  3. this is really cool I like all the differnt type of shapes and color you have it is very unique