|A Gargoyle spokesperson yesterday. (Wikipedia commons)|
Well, I gave it a try, and I was mildly surprised that I couldn't get it to work to my satisfaction. Below was one of the feeble results, and as you can see, it never got to the stage of being coloured, or of even being finished. I must have sensed early on that this was going nowhere fast and abandoned it.
|You had your chance - dammed whiny gargoyle.|
I needed a more comic feel; that grimacing mouth might have been accurate but failed to lighten the mood. After all, what's wrong with a smile? Just because you've sat on a Cathedral for seven hundred years frightening away evil spirits (not to mention channeling away rain water) that's no reason not to have a bright happy and carefree attitude.
I began to doodle with the basic image, trying to make it funnier, worked on the jaw and mouth so it was less human and more dog like, changed the body shape and began to think of the building it would be sitting on. I'd always intended it to be leaning out from a plinth or wall, with some gothic like architecture somewhere in the design.
|Some sketch ideas for the new gargoyle. I like the one on the right, he seems almost ecstatically happy|
|Gargoyles - they really know how to have a good time!|
I still wanted some spires though, you can't have gargoyles without Cathedral's and you can't have Cathedral's without spires. So I had another bash at it, keeping those spires in mind and came up at last with this.
|At last, I have those spires!|