When I’m not gaming, one of my favorite ways to unwind is to do ceramics. I just love working with clay, it’s a great creative outlet for me. Recently in my ceramics class, we were tasked with making a 10-pound bowl, which is probably twice as big as any other piece I’ve ever made. When I finished it up on the wheel, I was totally stoked with how well it came out. Here it is after trimming:
Since I’m totally in love with this bowl, I decided I would go nuts and turn it into a tribute to my own nerdiness. After putting some thought into it, I decided that I wanted to engrave the cast of Final Fantasy 1 on the side of it. Since I’m a terrible free-hand artist I wanted to find a way to neatly transcribe precise versions of the sprites onto the bowl.. I decided that I would go about doing this by printing out some graph paper with properly scaled squares and then copying the sprites, pixel by pixel. Here they are after I cut them out:
From here, I held them up onto the bowl, one at a time, like so:
After that, I traced them with my pin tool to get an outline. Once I had the outline, I poked my pin tool through each and every corner of the color outlines:
From here, all I had to do was connect the dots and voila, Final Fantasy 1 sprite engravings:
All tolled, the sprite creation took about 3 hours, and the engraving took about 6 hours. I really didn’t expect this to take 9 hours, but I’m incredibly happy with how it’s come along thus far. From here, the plan is to underglaze these sprites their original colors, and then do the bowl as a whole in celadon, a translucent green glaze. It should be another couple weeks before the bowl is done, but I can’t wait and I’ll be sure to post the finished product here as soon as I can.