Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mixed Media Painting with Copics

Hi guys! No card today but I have been busy creating. This is one of the projects I completed today:
I first drew her on plain cardstock and erased all but the essential lines. Then I scanned her into my computer and turned the opacity way down so the lines were just barely there and printed her out on Neenah cardstock.  The coloring on her face is almost all copics with a few sharper details added with prismacolor pencils. Her hair was first done with copics but once I started adding the deepest shadows with my prisma's I couldn't stop.. lol!  
The background was created on a 9x12 piece of 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. I like working on the watercolor paper because it handles all of the spray inks I use so much. The pic doesn't do justice to the rich colors. Those muddy looking colors are actually yellow ochre that looks very rich and beautiful in real life. Lots of stenciling and spraying through masks to create the background. I also collaged with a piece of paper that I have used under previous paintings to protect my work surface. I misted it and crumbled it up like we do when we make flowers and after it dried it had the most beautiful texture. After all of that was dry I cut out my girl and used gel medium to glue her down to the watercolor paper. I had sprayed the page with a fixative prior to that just in case any of my spray inks reactivated with the gel medium. 

Here's some close ups of my favorite little corners:

Thanks so much for looking =o)



Patti J said...

Wow. Incredibly beautiful. You are so talented, Dana! Love this :)

Holly said...

wow, awesome job Dana. The detailing is just magnificent!

Tracy said...

Good grief look at all that amazing texture! It's a shame we can't catch those IRL colors with our cameras. I am in awe of your beautiful coloring on her hair and the perfect blending of shades for her skin. Wow! Just wow! Hugs!

Marilyn said...

Fabulous colouring Dana... you've inspired me to dig out my pencils again!

Dana said...

Absolutely AMAZING Dana. Love all the details.

clare said...

such a serene creature in your portrait and love the background you have made. x

Jessica Sporn said...

this is just beautiful and very inspiring. I love the smoothness of her face against the textured background. I am in awe of your blending and shading skills.