Now I know there are a few of you who already started humming “Take on me” ….even if only in your head. Admit it, you know the song and you secretly wished some hot guy would drag you off into the pages of a magazine.. or hot steamy romance book.
* whistles innocently.
Or if you are one of our male crafters.. maybe you want to be him instead and drag some cute chick off to woo with your sketchings. but that just sounds like the weird dude at the park… so … let’s not go there lol.
Well… here we are 30 years later.. and we’re not watching those sketchy scenes anymore. Most of us are either drawing them, or coloring them. I have to say, Morton Harket still looks pretty damned hot… I saw some recent pics and he scrubs up pretty good LOL.
Anywho, I digress… back to the project
and what a project this one was! as you can probably tell it’s inspired by…. AHA …. yup I had my AHA moment. Now this one was a doozy; it was quite a process just to get to this stage and I have a feeling by the time I finish matting and framing this guy, there is gonna be a second white mat with some comic strip style layout surrounding him and his black mat board. I guess we shall see…. one day.
I’ll show more details below.. but the quick run through on this one…
Canson Mixed Media Paper, colored with Chameleons, over color with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils… scanned, reprinted, background depth using a black Zig Scroll & Brush pen.. additional shading and outline definition done with a charcoal gray Color Escapes… signed .. matted.. BINGO
I find it useful to take progress pics as I work, so I can sit back and look at them on my comp as I drink my tea and take a break. For some reason it really helps me look at it with a more critical eye and helps me spot areas I may need to work on, better than looking at the actual project. It also gives me a more accurate view of projects that are meant to be viewed at a distance…. like framed art etc. When I get up and walk off to do something…. I find propping up my work and leaving it in full view for a few hours, or days helps when I feel I am just not quite seeing the problem…. but I know it’s just not quite right.
I have a tendency to ruin projects by not knowing when to stop “trying” *sigh…. so I try and give myself breaks at strategic points, to avoid that happening so often.
What I really love about this particular project, is that the various stages of progression gave me some ideas on other things I wanted to try with this concept. One of them being a version with only the skin colored in markers and pencil and the rest black and white/graycale. I think that one will look really cool.
Anyway enough of my ramblings, let’s face it…..I just like to goof around and try things. Some work, some don’t….sometimes they all work for you… for different reasons and you have to decide which one to go with first. The only thing that matters is having fun and trying new things and NOT trying to compete with other crafters and constantly comparing your work to others. when it comes to art and creativity…. the rule is
…. THERE ARE NO RULES !!
….so here are the progress snapshots and the final project matted and ready to frame…or maybe double matted THEN framed later lol…and some product links for anyone interested.
I printed light by adjusting the layer opacity in my graphics program on Canson Mix Media paper and then colored with Chameleon skin tone marker NU00. I know I know.. one shouldn’t color with markers on papers designed for other media…. but I have refills …and I can, because I want to …. I am such a rebel !!! LOL remember THERE ARE NO RULES!!
I would be lying if I said I recall exactly what colors I used at this stage. I know the blue for the pants was BL4 Cornflower Blue.. but I used a mix of grays for the hat, leather straps and chaps. One of which I am pretty sure was the CG8 Cool Gray from the original 22 pen set and the others came from the gray tones 5 pack. Background was sketched in with pencil.
I tried detailing the outline with a fab new pen I got just before Christmas, it’s called a Bimoji Marker and this is the fine tip one… and I really like the look of it on the test piece on the right. Comp crashed and I got a print fail… so decided to use it as a test sheet. but it wasn’t quite gellin with what I had in my head for this particular piece. But this is definitely something I am going to use on another project, I love this sketchy look with impact.
In the end I compromised and did the detailing and outlines with a charcoal gray pencil. because I printed this as a soft print with light lines, It needed to be brought out in the coloring instead. This is the first time I have really tried the no outlines /soft outlines style… and I actually like it… for SOME projects. I think it really depends on the individual project and images as to whether pen, or pencil works best.
One last quick note… since I obscured the background with this sketchy AHA inspired look, don’t forget to add your artists signature back in somewhere on your piece. Mine is tucked up under the mat, but will also be added to the back on a label with details. Since this piece may well end up as an Abandoned Art Project at some point, I want to make sure credit is assigned to the artist… the one and only KennyK.
This is one of my mystery DT projects from the January 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which you are more than welcome to come enter.
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