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Moths To The Flame [January 4th, 2010 | 11:11 am]
Alice Meichi Li [李美姿]
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I recently finished the cover for Astronaut Down's upcoming album, Moths To The Flame. It will be available on iTunes by January -- details to be announced as I receive them.


Moths To The Flame
Acrylic and Digital | BUY PRINT | iTunes | Amazon.com

The concept was pretty straightforward, harking to the album's title. Simultaneously, the client also expressed a desire to see a girl amidst an oppressive, scary environment -- with only a flame keeping the darkness at bay.

The flame is subtly drawn to evoke the shape of a phoenix -- a personal symbol I incorporated, and felt it wove into the evocation of the Dark Night of the Soul and consequent rebirth.


Rough Sketch 1
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The client preferred for the girl to be looking at the flame, as breaking the fourth wall wasn't the intention. I agreed, and found the second take to be more visually effective.


Rough Sketch 2
Graphite


Final Sketch
Graphite


Moths To The Flame, Blonde Variant
Acrylic and Digital

Since it was uncertain what hair color would work best for the piece, I did several versions (white, blonde, red, pink) for the band to look over and vote on. Eventually, it came down to either blonde or pink, and the band eventually decided on the pink version.

I was quite happy with this, as I'd begun to form an odd symbology in my mind about the significance of pink bobs with bangs. Strange, I know... but bear with me here.

It seems that the pink bobbed wig with bangs has entered into our cultural zeitgeist as an unspoken, but well-recognized motif. From its earlier appearances in films such Lost in Translation with Scarlett Johansson and Closer with Natalie Portman, and seeping into reality on the likes of Britney Spears or Jamie Lee Curtis -- it has become the uniform of lost innocence, encroaching chaos, a statement of unapologetic Sekhmet-ish feminine strength/hysteria, or all of the above. I mentioned to a friend that if Shakespeare's Ophelia existed in modern times, she would have donned a pink wig while handing out flowers.

In that way, I felt it fitting for the overall theme of the piece.

...Maybe I'm thinking far too much into this.

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Comments:
From: tangledaxon
2010-01-04 5:55 pm (UTC)
This is breathtaking. You seem to outdo yourself with every piece.

I love your thoughts on the pink bob!
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[User Picture]From: alicemeichi
2010-01-05 1:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. ♥

Haha, I was hoping I didn't seem like a raving lunatic to at least one person, thanks. :)
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[User Picture]From: nebulosity
2010-01-04 6:53 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, that is absolutely STUNNING. The lighting makes me feel like it's really glowing. :O
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[User Picture]From: monarch_lyrics
2010-01-04 9:26 pm (UTC)
I see blonde hair in the painting though? Did they change their minds??
Beautiful as ever Alice. And you still inspire me to paint. I showed my little sister your work a couple nights ago, and she loves your work now too haha.
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[User Picture]From: alicemeichi
2010-01-05 1:58 am (UTC)
If you scroll all the way up, do you see the pink version?

Awwwh that's fantastic. :) Thanks!!
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[User Picture]From: monarch_lyrics
2010-01-05 7:26 am (UTC)
Oh yes yes... I see it lol.. can't believe I missed that right infront of my face lol. Sorry!
Btw.. did the butterfly print disappear from your portfolio? I forget the name but I was so in love with it that I wanted to buy a print. Did you discontinue prints in the past year or so?
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[User Picture]From: alicemeichi
2010-01-05 12:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry, which butterfly print do you mean? Can you describe it? I've done quite a few paintings with butterflies. lol
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[User Picture]From: monarch_lyrics
2010-01-07 12:41 pm (UTC)
I have no idea now... lol It was so long ago. I searched your whole website for it, but none seem familiar. It's ok lol.
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[User Picture]From: alicemeichi
2010-01-07 1:24 pm (UTC)
Have you tried my DeviantArt? There's often pieces on there that I've taken off my website.

http://himemiya.deviantart.com
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[User Picture]From: monarch_lyrics
2010-01-08 10:28 am (UTC)
Hey Alice, so I found the one I wanted to order lol
I went through my old emails and found the email I sent you way back in 2006!
It was "Alchemy: Sublimatio", and looking through your gallery, I had a feeling that it was that one.
:) There are so many of your paintings that I love now though, so it would be hard to pick lol.
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