Monday, November 10, 2008
Sorry about the blurry pics; Here I have added a couple more shades of red to really get depth and shadow. R59 Cardinal and RV99 Argyle Purple. When using the darker colors, I cover a lot less area so that it doesn't stand out too much. I barely touched the page with the Argyle purple, which is almost a blackish red. And only in the areas that would be darkest of all.
If I find the colors don't look well blended, then I go back over the shadowed areas with my lightest color, in this case, R35 Coral, and again, use the sweeping motion over all the dark areas, blending outward to the lighter areas.
I have colored her hair, stockings, wings, belt, bows and mitts.
Hair: Y21 Buttercup Yellow, Y28 Lionet Gold, E31 Brick Beige.
Belt: Y28 Lionet Gold, E71 Champagne
Stockings: R35 Coral, G28 Ocean Green
Wings, mitts, fur trim: B00 Frost Blue
I wanted more depth of shadow in the white areas of her wings and fur trim, so I used BG72 Ice Ocean to add some dark shadows there. I also used a gold gel pen for the belt buckle and bells on her boots. I also found I wanted more color in her face, so I actually introduced a new color, RV42 Salmon pink, and went over the top edge of her forehead with it, even going down the sides of her cheek and onto her chin. I added a few more sweeps of RV10 Pale Pink and blended with E00 Skin white overtop of this. This is the way I color; I see areas that need more touch ups, and I go back over them until I am satisfied. I tend to love when colors go from their very darkest to their lightest possible shade. This is what brings perceived dimension to any painting or colored image and that is what I always aim to achieve. It is the blending from one shade to the next that really gives life to an image. In art the term is "soft edges" as opposed to "hard edges".
Here is a close up of the fairy as she appears on my tree box. You can see I have added highlights with a white gel pen and glitter on her wings with glitter glue. Those are the final touches!
This is my version of the Tree box. It was a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers today, complete with a tutorial and a printable template by Brenda Quintana. It was a lot easier to make than it looks and came together really quickly.
Thanks for looking today! God bless you!