Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Everything but the Kitchen Sink...

This girl really does have just about everything or technique I know thrown into her. Her face was drawn with a pencil, then gesso applied and sanded down for a smooth surfice. I did this so the copic markers, which is what I colored the face with, would not be contaminated by the graphite pencil. That was an experiment which seemed to work. Then I drew the hair with a black stabillo and colored it in with colored pencils. Then I used a bit of the gesso still on my pallet to smudge the Stabillo lines from the hair and also added some white acrylic. Let's see, what else...oh, the background was some yellow paint with some Quin gold added in for the sides and Shiva for the cheeks. Love that Shiva! Then I didn't think she was fancy enough so I put her into Photoshop and incorporated some digi-magic by adding the diamond dangles and white swirly things which is one of the many many brushes I have downloaded for Photoshop. If you Google "free brushes for Photoshop" you will be so surprised and overwhelmed at how many they are out there. I love using Photoshop brushes but of course then the piece turns digital. AND here is the $64,000 question...Is it still an original as a digi-manipulated print??? Well, I think so but it's still a print. Anyway usually I print these off, cut these out and collage them into my journal or a canvas and it turns into an original again. Ok, I know you are tired of reading. Me too.

One more thing. She is done in my Rafine journal. Do any of you have a Raffine Art Sketch journal? They are fabulous! Well, I think so anyway!


Createology said...

Wow! I cannot imagine all the art tools you used however she is so amazing. Keep creating...

KarenKayArtWorks said...

Love the vibrant colors and her hair is adorable with all it's curls and twists.
Yes, it is an original. You still did the work, Photoshop didn't open itself up and digital stamp for you. No different than if you were to hand stamp. The computer is just another tool in the artists toolbox and don't let anyone tell you otherwise (those pesky so-called purists).

Regina said...

you channeled the 70's on this one!
I see Ann Margaret looking at us from those curls.

Mary said...

This one is a blast!! I love the funkiness of it!! And I love the yellow background with the color you chose for the hair. Do I spy a hint of lavender in it???? :)

And yes, it is your original!!

You are having too much fun Marthy!!! :)

Buffy said...

Wow you did do alot to her. Love how her hair matches her lips. She's adorable.

Diane said...

Martha, Martha, Martha---she is exquisite--and look at that marvelous hair!! And Thank You for the link!

CelticWoman said...

wow, you have had some incredible play time and she is a true vegas girl. love it. hugs

Gifts of Creation said...

Wow, very cool, you never stop trying new things and that is so exciting!!

Butterfly Works said...

Wow is all I can say....I love her...and I love how you explain your process...As a newbie, you are teaching me so much....I'll soon have to start paying you for lessons, hhahahhah.
Keep um coming girl.
Hugs and Blessings,

Rochelle said...

Martha I love her, nice job!

lori vliegen said...

well, i don't know the answer to your $64,000 question.....but she is definitely the $64,000 girl!! love that hair!! :)))

chrissy said...

i am so happy i accidentally ran across your blog.
your (was that the name?) looks wonderful.
i am so interested.
i love your girl and she looks beautiful even without the kitchen sink...who needs that on their head anyway.
you look so fun.
thanks for sharing what you used on your work. i LOVE it when artists do that for one another.
we have to stick together.
can.t wait to see what else you come up with.

Poetic Artist said...

I love her..The colors are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I was so NOT tired of reading your wonderfully interesting art processes....all the layering that goes into your works....yum!

and I have never tried that art journal...I just might check it out know, to further encourage this crazy love affair with paper that I have going on! lol

have yourself a great weekend woman! keep warm,

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I have a running list in a notebook of art supplies I want to try that come from reading about how you've made your creations Martha!

This girl reminds me of a fabulous after shampoo commercial with her hair sparkling so.

Lee Ann

beedeebabee♥ said...

Beautiful eyes, WOW hair, fantastic colors...I love this!!! xoxo


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