Building A Cave

Since I’ve not been to Italy and didn’t have actual pictures of my own of the Blue Grotto on Capri, I decided to build one in my basement for the cover of my second book : The Crystal Crux-Blue Grotto.

Despite all the investment in work and time, it didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted it to but that’s alright.  It still provided enough of an atmosphere to use it on the cover in a somewhat blurry, blinding blue aspect.

So here is my recorded history of the build.

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And so it begins.

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I started with cardboard and plaster.

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One of my main concerns was how to work water into the scene.  Just painting everything blue wasn’t going to cut it.  I knew I would also have to experiment with the lighting.

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I build a cardboard shelf (which doesn’t really exist in the Blue Grotto but I needed for my story).

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I bought a blue light.  This is one of my first experiments with it.

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I had envisioned a much larger, wider shot of the grotto eventually so I started expanding the cave with wire mesh and more plaster.

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The wood column I added to the front did not actually stay there.  I moved that out.  I thought I might need it for support but didn’t.

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I drilled holes in the board because I knew I wanted light coming up from the water.

 

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I also didn’t like how the blue light was working on white plaster, so I decided to go with a silver-grey color for the interior.

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Me and my monstrosity.  Lol

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To hold the water, I used a clear paint tray.  I actually liked the ribbed pattern for effect.

 

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I started experimenting with the lighting again, even adding smoke.

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Yes, I wanted the skeletons in there but they were too prominent and I needed them to be more in the shadows.  Too much light exposed them.  If you search the final product, they are there but really shaded.

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That’s me in my magician’s robe – the one I wore to Bristol’s Renaissance Faire in 2016.  Any other Ren Faire people out there?

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And this is me in the photoshop format that was eventually placed inside the cave for the cover of the book.

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And this was the final product.

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And then came the deconstruction – tear down the cave!

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Crystal Crux – Blue Grotto.  Read and write a review – even if you just put up the number of stars without writing a review.  Authors need those reviews!  Thanks for all your support supporters!  I look forward to writing Book Three in the series in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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