"If you love it, you should have it."
– John Kraft

Last updated June 17, 2024.

INTRODUCTION

Kyle! As before, this unlisted page will serve as our project site for the duration of the commission. Here you will always be able to check on the status of the project and review the latest photos and videos. New entries will always be at the top of the page.

QUICK LINKS

Original SOW Page, Pricing and Timeline

PROJECT MILESTONES AND ACTIVITY SUMMARY

06-17-24
Multiple varnish layers – application in prep for resin
06-10-24 Approval received on final sizing and orientation of sunglasses
05-04-24
Updated background color and Gucci glasses
04-30-24
Updated panel background color test (video)
04-28-24 Updated background with Sunglasses (video)
04-27-24
Panel undercoat applied, sunglasses created and placed for reference
04-07-24
New Aviators illustration and coloring.
03-23-24 (Part II) Background panel color Aviator frames color test
03-23-24 (Part I) 
Revised Frames and Colors per recent feedback
02-17-24
Frame and Lens Color Exploration 
02-03-24 Modified Sizing of Gucci glasses
01-28-24
Updated glasses/arrangement
01-27-24
Feedback received 
01-13-24
High resolution digital sunglasses template created
01-04-24 Project Deposit Received
12-27-23 
Discovery Meeting via Zoom

DETAILED PROJECT UPDATES

06-17-24 Multiple varnish layers – application in prep for resin


05-04-24 Updated background color and Gucci glasses

 
Detail of process to resize Gucci glasses:

04-30-24 Updated panel background color test (video)

 
04-28-24 Updated background with Sunglasses (video)

Hello again! I've now created the video below to show the recommended background color with the Sunglasses in place... Thank you!


04-27-24 Panel underpainting + sunglasses created

Kyle, happy to share this project update. I've made some great progress. Please note that the background color you see on the panel is NOT the final color but merely the first "undercoat" in pure Cerulean blue. The purpose of this coat is to create rich foundation for the lighter colored coat that will sit on top. 

With regard to the glasses, I created high-resolution archival fine art prints of each design... They look AMAZING. One important note is in the on the bridge of the Aviators you'll see it's still solid white vs. cut out to reveal the frames. This is intentional because there is no other way to cutout the form. So what I'll end up doing is painting over this area with the final panel color to reach the final result.

I need to let the current panel color dry completely before applying the lighter coat, which of course I'll share for review before we commit and start working on the glasses and varnish/resin. Very happy to have made this progress. PS: London was a blast! :) 

 

04-07-24 New Aviators Illustration and coloring.


03-23-24 (Part II) Background panel color Aviators frames color test

Good evening, Kyle. Below is a test of the light Cerulean blue background for the panel with the test color for the Aviator frames. The real Cerulean does look much better than the digital reference I'd been using thus far. Welcome your feedback on this and the other adjustments in Part I of today's update. Thank you!


03-23-24 (Part I) Revised Frames and Lenses

Kyle, I've created this updated version of the frames and lenses based on your most recent feedback. One particular note is how difficult it can be to display the chrome and reflective effects for the Aviators in the digital space - - so for that pair in particular what we're testing for in this image is weight of the frames, added details etc. I'm posting this early in the day, and my goal is by EOD today to post real life references for both the panel background color and the Aviator colors. Thank you!


02-17-24 Frame and Lens Color Exploration

Happy to share this initial frame and lens color exploration. Welcome your feedback and we can continue to iterate.  

02-03-24 Updated sizing of Gucci glasses

 

01-28-24 Updated Glasses/Arrangement

Created high resolution illustration of Persol 714 (COOL GLASSES!) and made the other adjustments as well. New composite below for reference and review. Welcome your feedback. 


01-27-24 Feedback Received

  • Swap out the Browline Classic with the Persol 714 (see picture in the reference doc)
  • Re-order the locations of the glasses as reflected in the attached doc.
  • Make the Cat Eye glasses a bit larger proportionally, as the height of the glasses seem a bit too small in relation to the other glasses.
  • Make the Aviator glasses a bit smaller proportionally, as the size of the glasses seem a bit too big in relation to the other glasses.
  • Make the Gucci glasses a bit larger proportionally, as the size of the glasses seem a bit too small in relation to the other glasses (they are intentionally oversized sunglasses).

01-13-24 High resolution digital sunglasses template and arrangement created

Kyle, in this first important part of the project, I've independently created high resolution silhouettes of the six sunglasses to be featured in the piece and then created this high resolution to-scale representation of the layout. The associated source digital file is 32 in. x 30 in. at 300 PPI (point per inch). This will give us a fair amount of latitude in testing various color combinations. I can confirm that the aspect ratio and panel sizing of 32 in. x 30 in. appears to be perfect. So, with your review and approval I will have my carpenter create the custom panel. While I had floated the idea of doing a deeper panel this time (~ 3 in. or so), I recommend we go with a 2 in. deep panel. For this review, let me know your thoughts on the general layout and size of each pair of glasses and we can adjust as needed. Next steps will be exploring different color combinations for the respective glasses and frames. Thank you!

PROJECT INPUT/DISCOVERY DETAILS

 

Overview

  • Six pairs of sunglasses, each one scaled at 75% size of “Rose Colored Glasses” picture (approximately 12.225”w x 5.025”h)
  • Each pair of sunglasses will have unique coloring on the frame and uniquely tinted on the glass (e.g., rose, amber/honey, green, midnight blue, silver/mirrored, smokey gray, etc.)
  • Picture would be approximately 32”w x 30”h (JK: aspect ratio and overall dimensions to be confirmed but will maintain 32" width)

Background color

  • Current thinking is a very light shade of blue in the same colorway as Cerulean Blue, but much lighter to allow the sunglasses to stand out better (JK: A very light Cerulean Blue will be ideal for this project)

Sunglass styles

Note: For all the following sunglass, the silhouette will be maintained but there will not be a representation of the back/ends of the frames behind the lenses as shown in some of these reference photos.

  • Top left:  Same as in “Rose Colored Glasses” (generally the Wayfarer style), including coloring on frame and tint of glass

  • Middle left:  The classic Aviator style by Ray-Ban, with coloring on frame TBD and tint of glass TBD (JK: We discussed the idea of having thicker rim elements to allow for more interesting design and fill)

  • Bottom left:  Round in the Illestreva Frieda style, with coloring on frame TBD and tint of glass TBD (JK: Will maintain the tortoise approach but with colors that do not compete with those of the Rose Colored Glasses)

  • Top right: 1940s vintage Cat Eye style, with coloring on frame TBD and tint of glass TBD 

  • Middle right: The Browline Classic style by Ray-Ban, with coloring on frame TBD and tint of glass TBD

  • Bottom right:  Butterfly in the Gucci GG0083S style, with coloring on frames as shown below and tint of glass TBD (JK: We discussed maintaining this tri-color approach, but can play with the colors as well).