Art Student Creates Conceptual Drawings for Larger-Than-Life Scenes in "The Nutcracker"
|Jessica Purkerson stands next to one of her conceptual |
watercolor designs for "The Nutcracker."
Purkerson created the scenes after a request from theater manager Leslie Hammond. She had also helped create the large paper cutout masks used in last spring's children's play. This time, the challenge for Purkerson was to create scenes that would transfer well to a large backdrop.
Purkerson was awestruck to see her conceptual 11-by-22 inch watercolors turned into 22-by-44 foot backdrops for the show.
Purkerson used a technique of sprinkling salt on the wet watercolor, which brings out the moisture and some of the color to leave a textured look.
“It was amazing to see that Amy was able to incorporate that look into the finished backdrops,” said Purkerson. “I’m really excited for the performance, to see how everything comes together.”
Performance dates for “The Nutcracker” are Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at www.linnbenton.edu/go/tickets, at the theater Box Office, by phone at 541-917-4531, or one hour prior to the performance. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
Read more about Purkerson and Larink’s work in the Democrat Herald story by Heather Crabtree: