My starting point is the approach that I used in the concertina books in July. I enjoyed the immediacy and the combination of methods; and the idea was all my own. Of course, I would like to develop further and try things out, but it's important to retain the simplicity - to do just one thing and to do it well.
Out of the masses of religious art that I saw in Italy, I was inspired by scenes of martyrdom: their drama; the figure poses; the details in the scene; a saint's serenity paired with the the energy of a Roman guard swinging a sword.
I'm not producing oil paintings, or even full scenes: rather, I want to make vivid scenes of martyrdoms famous and obscure; with minimal text.
Now that my topic is approved (and counts as "adult narrative"), I can start work and narrow the ideas down early, before the possibilities overwhelm me. I'll need a schedule for research, drawing, production, arrangement... and for a Christmas break.
Today I'm working through books about saints so that I can choose the juiciest stories... but not always the most gruesome, which make me wonder about dedicating the whole thing to Amnesty International. After that I can work on loose figure-drawing and facial expressions.
The series of images will probably form a set of prints. Derek made the best suggestion for the layout: building an altarpiece! I'm very excited about that as a form of display and as a practical project. It's a great link to my dissertation. Okay, the work won't be exhibited, but... I'm itching to do it.
It's only a college project but I'm excited about it like none before.