The ancient library of Celsus, at Ephesus (commonly called the Library of Ephesus) has been on my list of tablets-to-make since I started this series. But the library will not cooperate. No matter how many variations I try, it just doesn't work. I started with a photo taken when I visited with my sister:
Photoshopped her out, straightened & tightened the composition:
Nice image, but how can it possibly work as a tablet? So I took one of the many, many online images:
Yes, straight ahead, good clear photo...
Spend a few hours turning the photo into B&W line images...
Fill it with all the various scrolls and books and Gutenberg and....god, what a mish-mash. Let's take out the people and just go for the different types of writing:
OK, Diane, just because the image is completely wrong, unworkable, that doesn't stop you from spending hours playing with the lettering, does it? When I went back to this image (after abandoning it for months) I knew I would never want to stitch all those words. As the series has progressed, I'm trying to use fewer words in the tablets. It's better art, leaving more unsaid, and I don't enjoy stitching the letters (the images are much more fun, for me).
So.....get rid of all that verbiage, and maybe crop it:
This one needs to go back into the file. Right now, I'm sick of it.