Hey all! I’m so sorry this post is getting out a day late! I ran into some lovely scanning issues yesterday. I mean seriously after an hour and a half a scan should be further than halfway! Anyways better late than never! I feel like I’ve been getting sidetracked a lot lately with projects, but yesterday I finally worked on some real pieces with my copic markers! I did all the girls faces while my husband was in the shop with me. The thing with copics is they have to be wet to blend so you can’t really start and stop halfway and then go back to it later. So he stuck around so I could bust out the faces without having to stop to help any customers! How nice.
So those are the other three faces I finished up yesterday. I’m actually thinking of doing some experiments on these three, such as cutting one out and collaging it into a painting or using watercolors for the background or…. whatever else I come up with!
As you can see on the left I like to test out the colors first. I chose the green I liked best for the background first which was G28 Ocean Green (copic numbering). Then I tested a slew of colors I thought I might use like blue…. nope didn’t like any. I know green and red are complimentary colors so I thought that might be best but I’m always afraid it will just look like christmas. Funny enough for me I only have 6 pens in the red color family and 4 of them are more pink anyways. So I pulled a reddish brown which worked perfectly for the dress, which was E19 redwood. For the owl I broke some blending rules and went with E35 chamois, E39 leather and E79 cashew for the body, and E00 skin white and E11 Barley beige for around the eyes. You can actually see the owl color tests above the green patch. Below the green patch you can see further hair color tests I did. I decided to go with a rich blonde look with Y11 pale yellow, Y15 cadmium yellow, Y23 yellowish beige, Y26 mustard. I did my face color tests on another sheet of paper but for the sake of sharing I used E000 pale fruit pink, E01 pink flamingo and E11 barley beige for the skin tone, E13 light suntan for the eyelids, G24 willow for the eye color and R20 blush for the blush! I did a really fun experiment in the background too. I drew some sort of vine plant in the background, but to add some texture to it I used to colorless blender. Mind you I think thats the worst name for it because it doesn’t actually blend anything it pushes the color around. So while it may look like it removed color in the vines it actually just made it splotchy but I love it! Subtle just the way I like it!
I made this piece specifically for an old frame I picked up at the Freemont Market a while back so I had that deeper tone in mind the whole time. I really like how she turned out and I think she goes in the frame wonderfully. I’m always a little more in love with the newest things I make but I actually wasn’t sure if I wanted to put her up for sale for a while. I scanned her in though so I could keep a copy of her and also make prints for others. It really came down to why I make art. I make art to share with others. I believe we all should be surround by art that makes us happy everyday. So I hope someone has a strong connection with it as I do and they take it home so they can enjoy it every day!
Have you ever made something for someone else only to not want to give it away? Have you ever actually kept it?