Mary Pal Designs

Earth Stories - Part 4 (Adding cranes and marsh details)

I had decided on a dominant central figure of a cheesecloth-sculpted crane based on a photograph of a special whooper named Gee Whiz, which is a pretty iconic one for craniacs. But I wanted the story to be about more than whooping cranes, so I incorporated examples of sandhill cranes, demoiselles and white-naped cranes with threadsketched vignettes.

Sculpting the head details of Gee Whiz

Sculpting the head details of Gee Whiz

Dyed silk grasses are fused and stitched in the foreground

Dyed silk grasses are fused and stitched in the foreground

Additional grassy details are painted in

Additional grassy details are painted in