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.
And so it begins.
I started with cardboard and plaster.
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.
I build a cardboard shelf (which doesn’t really exist in the Blue Grotto but I needed for my story).
I bought a blue light. This is one of my first experiments with it.
I had envisioned a much larger, wider shot of the grotto eventually so I started expanding the cave with wire mesh and more plaster.
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.
I drilled holes in the board because I knew I wanted light coming up from the water.
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.
Me and my monstrosity. Lol
To hold the water, I used a clear paint tray. I actually liked the ribbed pattern for effect.
I started experimenting with the lighting again, even adding smoke.
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.
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?
And this is me in the photoshop format that was eventually placed inside the cave for the cover of the book.
And this was the final product.
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.