2020. March – Aino Is Becoming.
Three years ago I was watching TV and drawing whatever. The show on the tube was not keeping my mind busy enough. So, what did I do? I pulled out my phone and found a random picture of girl to draw.
The image on the left is a loose drawing on her likeness, a second rendition of her that I reworked the beginning of this year. Basically I attempted to stylize her a bit and called it a day. I just decided to call her Aino and be done with it.
Fun fact: My husband Alex (whom I consider one of my inspirations skill wise within the techniques of pencil drawing and oil painting) asked me about ten years ago that … “Why are you concentrating so much on drawing realistically? That is so whatever, you have a blossoming style, develop that”, he was referring to my drawing I titled “Piano Man” once upon a time.
In 2020, the year of the rat (my Chinese zodiac sign), I drew her again, the image on the right side. And this time she had metamorphosed into a woman. And there was an entire story echoing around her – weeping to be listened to.
My Aino lives in a 22nd century world in the North. The last bastion of organic life on Planet Earth. And a mechanic army is marching toward that forest.
A general in an army of the forest. And her hero’s journey tells the story of “The Last March of the Forest”. A novella I am working on around her character. A few more voices have risen within this story. Two more characters that are staring right back at me. Mouthing words, whispering tales. And I see them. I am listening.
There are moving pictures in my head. Sounds, smells, textures I can touch. Scenes I turn in 3D in the eye of my mind. A film I see so clearly that I fast-forward and rewind.
The past two decades I have spent collecting images and references for my visual library, tools for my storytelling. And they are beginning to pay off. But I need to catch up on skills within techniques of drawing and painting.
So. Early concepts. A starting point. Her name is Aino. And she has a story to tell. Inspired by the national epic of Finland, Kalevala and brought to a future world, she leads an entire army in an alternative fantasy timeline. I stare at a while wall in this apartment my husband and I live in, and project images onto it. Possible scenarios to draw and paint.
She is becoming.
To be continued.