Hello there, let me introduce myself! My name is Lynn and I started with the realisation of my dream; founding a small business making stained glass and Tiffany windows called RannDago. I started the company alongside my study in art and design. Before that I studied restoration/decoration. I love being creative and I would love to learn how to motivate and teach others how to be more creative ass wel.
Curious to know how Lynn incorporates ‘gaming’ in her art? Then continue reading her story!
Besides my study and work I like to paint, read, watch movies and play a lot of videogames. Although my boyfriend and I recently moved we spent a lot of time playing on the Nintendo 3DS (We still have to save some money to buy some ‘bigger’ consoles). My favorite games on the 3DS are Professor Layton, Monster Hunter and of course Pokémon. The books I prefer often are about Sherlock Holmes. Maybe that’s why I prefer the game Professor Layton so much. I love the British setting the game takes place in and the fact that Layton always behaves like a true gentleman. The puzzles you have to solve to complete the game (with a nice plottwist) are very creative and non-repetitive.
I really appreciate those kind of details in games.
I also enjoy playing Monster Hunter everywhere I go (the advantage of a Nintendo 3DS). Before you know it you are in a completely different world with insanely detailed monsters. I have several books about the artwork of these monsters at home. They really thought about the anatomy and the shape of the monsters. The books show exactly how they were established and I absolutely love knowing this and reading everything about it. Also the atmosphere of the game is very pleasant as well. The world is gorgeous and the soundtrack is a delight to listen to. What I also love about the game is that you can make your own weapons from every monster. You really can tell by the looks of the weapon from which monster the weapon came from. Because certain shapes and colours reappear in the weapons. I really appreciate those kind of details in games.
And then there was Pokémon!
And then there was Pokémon! The game that I like to integrate into my hobby turned work. How? I make a lot of stained glass and Tiffany windows that have something to do with Pokémon. The fun thing about Pokémon is that there are so many of them. Because of that people really get to choose a creature that matches their personality. And some of these people contact me and order a Pokémon window. And I love to make these kind of windows for them!
Because the style of Pokémon is already like a drawing it’s more realisable to make a design for a stained glass window out of it. The disadvantage of most Pokémon designs though is that they are ’too’ simple. When it comes to stained glass it’s hard to make ‘sharp curves’ because you have to break the glass. So when I make a stained glass window I try to add as little as possible to the original design. Different kinds of glass and colours do come in handy. Because some types have lines, others have a relief and you have types that have a mix of these. This makes it possible to really bring the textures of the Pokémon to life!
Dark souls, Legend of Zelda and many more…
Obviously I don’t just make windows that have something to do with Pokémon. At the moment I am also working on a Dark Souls window, a Legend of Zelda window (see picture above) and some windows for a bar that don’t really have a figurative pattern. When people come to me, asking if I can make an existing image into a glass window, I print that image several times. After that I go all out drawing on it just to see how the lines could run. The Legend of Zelda window in the picture above is just finished. The lines have just been coated with a special kind of substance (patina). In consequence we get a chemical reaction and the colour becomes darker. Now the window looks older but the colours look way better.
Gotta make ‘m all!
When I started with RannDago I said to myself: “I am going to make the most out of this company, but I also need to have fun while doing it.” Because having fun is very important to me. Luckily I still enjoy making these windows especially the Pokémon. Gotta make ‘m all!
Want to know more about RannDago and Lynn? Take a look at her new website here. And maybe she can hook you up with a stained glass Pokémon.