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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Experimenting.

I've had a busy month experimenting with gelli printing. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend it. I ordered a gelli plate but it hasn't arrived yet, so I made one of my own and wasted no time trying it out. Here are some of the pages I used in the illustrations that follow:
Gelli Print purple and green
Heading to the Beach

 
Gelli Print: orange dots
Polka Dotted Elephant 

Gelli Print: Yellow dots
  
The Eames Chair
Gelli Print: Yellow Leaves
     
The Geisha

 I've also been doing the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. Here are this month's prompts and my responses:
Fish Pond: prompt: Perspective

Cinema 

Weekend

Happy Place
A few other illustrations from the month:
Green Horse: Tissue paper collage, digitally cut.
Textured Monster

Night Frog
Trees cut from painted papers with digital painting added.

More experiments with trees.



Friday, March 10, 2017

February 2017: My digital journey.

1. I'm continuing to participate in the 52 Week Challenge (on facebook). Here are my responses to the following prompts: garden, botanical, pastel and baking.


The Garden
Botanical
Pretty in Pastel Pink

















The Baker




 2.  I was able to spend some time at the studio creating painted papers and tissue paper papers. I scanned them and then cut them out digitally. (Not nearly as messy as using scissors and glue.) Although some look too "Eric Carle" I think I can make this media my own. In most cases I let the background suggest an image. I realize after seeing them all together I need to concentrate on storytelling. Guess that will be my goal NEXT month.
Brown
Brown Bear
Blue Ape

Girl with a Bow

Butterfly Banner

Cat Lady

Circus Elephant

Dragon
Frightened Horse

Birds in the Treetop

Study for Woods

Striped Cat

Frog at Night

Colorful Turtle


Yellow Cat

Brown Cat


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Feb 2: On track. Writing & Learning

#STORYSTORM

Finished the #Storystorm Challenge (It used to be PiBoIdMo in February.) Complied 31 ideas for picture book manuscripts. But the best thing was lighting up my brain to hone in on generating ideas. I wish I was disciplined enough to do it every month.  I was so excited about one idea that I wrote the first draft and polished it enough to take to critique group in February.  The remaining ideas on my list will either grow into stories or remain in the file until they fade away. It's been a great exercise to get ideas flowing in the new year.

PHOTOSHOP EXPLORING

My digital explorations have had high and low points. I've kept up with the 52 Week Illustration Challenge, (on Facebook), working from prompts to create an illustration every week. I posted five.

 I've also been experimenting with images using painted patterns created at the studio. However, I've focused so much on experimentation, I've fallen short on the "storytelling aspects" of my images. Hopefully one day I'll get it all together.

The first five images here are from prompts provided by the 52 Week Challenge:
Whimsey

Feathers
Colored version of Feathers
Tribute to A Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats



                                                                                             The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Most of the following images began as painted papers, or photos of fabrics, cut into clothing shapes and built around the costume. I repeated some of the elements from the images above in illustrations below. Hint: Bricks, dog 
Peacock                                                                
Asian Woman
The following group of images were built around painted patterns, or photographs of fabrics, digitally cut into articles of clothing. The figures and backgrounds were then added.

Island woman

Vacation in Lascaux
It's Fall
Winter Conversation
The Soloist
Man on the Street
Man and Dog
Resting 

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