Maïs à Éclater Dakota Black – 5$
40 semences 40 seeds
Plein Soleil / Full Sun
Arroser / Water 2-3 jours/days
Maturité / Maturity 100 jours/days
Hauteur / Height 4′
Distance entre plantes / Distance between plants – 5-8″
Dessin/Drawing – Alma Soleada – www.AlmaSoleada.com
I started working after looking at the list of available tasks Teprine sent me and choosing 3 plants I most vibed with, first one and immediate was Corn, Zea Maize, Maïs, thou it had to be Pop Corn giving it a spark of an idea.
Thanks to a friend who I shared the task with said “oh yeah that’s cool cuz maïs in the field already kinda looks like an army of zombies,” so I’ve expanded my idea and gave life to noble gentleman Corn Wizard zombie and his army of punks storming you nightly with delicious pop corn for your movies. I won’t feeble execution was the hard part for me, especially in the beginning of this series, cuz creating a specific image/character for printing is different from my usual rather free art watercolor workflow and drawing people from photos with wax pencils, but the whole process was so engaging and alive that I’ve learnt so much about creating an illustration for a print and ended up inspired and thirsty for more. In this one I used bamboo based watercolor paper, watercolors, white and black ink. Yummm.
Born in Odessa, south of Ukraine, Alma Soleada has been traveling for some eighteen years eventually settling down in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico where in the last 7 years basing in that magic town between her exploration trips she grew out of a traveler who writes and photographs her adventures into an artist that reflects back life experience in fluid lines of intimate portraits and surreal watercolor landscapes. Perceiving constant creation as the only way to stay in harmony with the Universe and life she has ingrained everyday drawing practice and research in her lifestyle.