Sunday, June 7, 2009
This week's challenge is brought to us by our own dear Diva Nikki. She has made a fabulous, easy peasy and pretty sketch for us to use. I love this sketch, and think I will use it again!
Why not join in the challenge, link a photo of your card/project into the comments section of the High Hopes Blog, and get your name entered into a draw to win two free High Hopes Stamps! C'mon, join us, it's FUN! :-)
I colored Singing Catrina with Copic markers. I colored B21 all over her hair to begin with, as I wanted to have blue highlights on her hair. My reasoning for this choice is twofold; one, people with very dark brown to black colored hair have an undertone of red hair, which is called red but actually looks orangey brown. The color opposite to orangey brown would be blue. When light hits this hair color type, the highlights show up blue-ish. The effect is sometimes emphasized in artificiall bright lights, esp. stage lighting. And I wanted her to look like she was onstage, and so that's why I chose blue to highlight her hair!
I am also doing a lot of experimenting using grays for shadows. Sometimes instead of just choosing the darker shade of green for instance, to show shadow, it is more effective to reach for a gray tone. The question is, which one? There are four gray families to choose from with Copics; Cool, Warm, Toner and Neutral. I haven't found the best system yet, but one thing I have learned so far is go with opposites; if the color I am laying gray shadows over is a warm tone, I reach for cool gray. So far, this rule of thumb has worked pretty good! I don't know enough color theory yet to expand on this, I'm still learning.
On this image you can see that I used Cool gray #4 on the right and under side of her clothes to really emphasize the shadows.
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Thanks for stopping by today, and God bless you!