So today I thought I’d share a little bit about my process since I’ve created more in the past month than I have in the past 3 or 4 months!
First, can you tell I’m craving cooler weather? Ha! Actually it was only 34 degrees when I woke at 7am (so I’m sure it got to below freezing last night) and today was spent in flannel PJ’s (oh happiness!), so I made a fall girl and also a winter girl. And I’m also craving seasonal holidays, so I’m having fun creating lighter, more whimsical girls at the moment (but my serious toned, inspirational-themed girls aren’t going anywhere!).
I’ve shared this before (almost a year ago now) but most people are surprised to learn that my girls (or any pieces for that matter) are assembled piecemeal (in true collage form!) and my girls are colored in with pencils rather than paints (I have a couple that were painted but I can’t seem to get the shading right and they seem to look less warm than when I used colored pencils).
First I sketch out my girls on my sketch pad with a regular ol’ pencil.
Then I color in with my pencils. This (combined with the initial sketch) takes me a good hour. Luckily I can do this on the couch while watching TV.
Then I move onto my background which varies depending on what I’m feeling like doing, but combines decoupage (glue and paper), paint, inks, charcoal and oil pastels. Lots of layering goes on in this stage. Once it’s dry, I scan it (a new thing for me since I’ve gotten into licensing; my agent recommended I scan my images at different levels – called layered scans – in the event a manufacturer wants a background and not the girl or the girl without the background, etc.).
I embellish my girl with paint, markers, pencils, stamps or plain ol’ paper (here’s a cautionary tale if you’re a collage artist wanting to get into licensing – don’t use patterned or scrapbook paper! While it may work for a small scale artist/crafter, you can’t use it for large scale reproduction; tough lesson for me to learn!). I scan this girl too.
I then layer my girl on top of the background and do some touching up. I then scan again before adding words in case a manufacturer wants to use my girl without words or with their own.
Finally I add some edging, some shadowing, add my words and signature stamp. And yes I scan again!
This whole process takes about 3-5 hours. Today I did two girls and together they took about 7 hours. I also spent about 5 hours on shop related tasks/creating products/putting together orders, so it was about a 12 hour day. Still beats a day at the office any day!
Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my artistic process. Anything here surprise you?
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