Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Illustration Friday: "RED"
Inspire Me Thursday: "Hooked on Books"
I've been wrestling with this piece since Saturday and deemed it time to cut the umbilical cord! I started this piece for Illustration Friday's theme "red". I LOVE the color red and started playing around and all of a sudden my little gal started reading a book. I absolutely LOVE to read. Then I came up with the pun of "well read". I was having a problem with the background - I wanted to draw stacks of books piled floor to ceiling and just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted. Sunday I poked around the internet and saw Inspire Me Thursday's theme of books. How color! Monday I still had the "background" problem and started looking at copyright free pictures of stacks of books. This is the resulting piece.
The "well red" lady is watercolor on watercolor paper embellished with fibers and some glitzy embellishments. The background is a picture of library stacks that I pulled into Photoshop Elements and altered with artistic filters and then changed the hue. I printed out a color laser copy in the size I needed. I wanted to change some of the bright reds of the laser copy and tried to do it with paint. It didn't work! The ink from the laser printer made the paint bead up. I tried inks and various other paints. I ended up using pastels to get the wanted effect. I offset glued my little lady to the background for the finished product.