Monday, December 5, 2016

Exploring Digital Collage

I've been exploring digital collage this month. My camera has had quite a workout photographing textures, patterns, hats and gloves. Here are a few of my experimental pieces:
Girl with a hat.

I drew a few quick faces, scanned them and dressed them with cropped photos of hats, fabric and buttons.

Latin Girl
Girl with red cloche hat.
Girl with red flowered hat. Hated the hands so I decided to "hire" my granddaughter, Phoebe to model some gloves. Two images below show Phoebe in the studio modeling and how I used the gloves below.
I had fun taking photos of patterned sweaters in local re-sale shops!                                                      Cut and pasted them into what I needed in photoshop.
Red haired girl
Laughing boy
Boy with a black hat
Frowning girl
Combining photos of gloves, drawn faces and digital drawing.
Combining three images into a banner.
Red Plaid Dancer: My favorite from the series.

Friday, November 11, 2016

My 2016 Portfolio

I attended #PWID this past weekend and had my portfolio reviewed by Giuseppe Castellano of Penguin Random House. It is MY FIRST ALL DIGITAL portfolio. Here are the images I submitted. Giuseppe's suggestions were to push the collage aspects of my work. To keep experimenting, try new things, avoid cliches, and to follow my muse. Guiseppe asked everyone what media they liked best. Many people answered with a media that they didn't actually use in their portfolio. I answered that I thought of myself as a generalist, I like to dabble in many media. SO guess what.....I'm going to play around with mixed media for a few months. Sounds like a winner to me. Heading out to photograph stuff for my library. Later Taters!

This was the image I made the most mistakes on. 1. Too digitized. I enlarged it for the portfolio and it was choppy on the curves. My drawing was not as specific as it should have been, especially on the van, grill, lines, etc. It was hard to tell what was really going on. (Plan to redo!)

Suggestion here was to replace lettering with icon on the sign for non-English readers.

Suggestion here was to pay more attention to lines on skirt. Make them flow with folds, etc.

Suggestion here was to watch the quality of images I use. Here the body is blurry. And avoid cliche eyes!
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Giuseppie liked this image and the use of painted paper.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Discovering collage via Photoshop and Photography.

I've been experimenting with Photoshop and photography. These scarecrows are perfect for my new manuscript, "Scarecrows Winter Getaway" Can't wait to wander in the country for more images to use. I love the look of collage but hated using glue, this may be the answer for me.

 I've been using lots of patterns but this is my first time using textures. Most were photos of things in my yard and studio: birdhouses, rocks, cloth. I think the effect is perfect for my scarecrows. Now I'm excited about finding more. Fall is the perfect season for capturing beautiful foliage. Heading out to capture more before the snow flies.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dani Duck's Smart Dummies.

I'm working like a fiend to have a dummy ready for SCBWI-IL's Prairie Writer's Day in November.

Lucky for me Dani Duck is having an event on her blog called Smart Dummies. I need all the help I can get. I've only made two dummies. One took a million years and the other one didn't sell. SO I'm hoping to pick up some good tips.

Here's the link if you're interested: http://daniduckart.blogspot.com/p/smart-dummies.html

I'll try to post a few "Work in progress images" as I go along. Right now, I'm trying to divvy up my manuscript. More to come.....

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 2016 Combining traditional and digital illustration.

It's been a very long and busy month. I've been at the studio getting my hands dirty, painting images, textures and patterns to import and use in photoshop. Overall, I'm pleased with these images. It's opened up a whole new layer of interest to my work.