Hello Artistcellar friends,
This journal page started - and then sat around … not wanting to become anything for a while. But then, the path became clear - I guess sometimes I just have to listen!
So, first I started with one of the stencils from the lovely Labyrinth series.
Those stencils are wonderful - labyrinth and you don’t have to construct it!
I picked the ‘soft-curved’ one - it reminds me of a brain - don’t know why, but it just does =P (This one is called Crete.)
Tracing the stencil with a pen some pink ink - and not really knowing where to go from here …..
And so it sat …. waiting …. until I saw this image on the cover of a digital magazine - and bam - the spark was ignited!
Using the same Crete stencil again, I added some texture to the page - I wanted the texture to be around her head space, so I off-set the texture labyrinth into the top left corner.
I next I added a light layer of gesso over the page - mainly to tone the ink down a bit. But as ink does what it does (and wants) the pink is coming through the gesso quite strong.
I sketch the my inspiration image on the page with graphite. As the image was perfectly sized for my needs, I traced the outlines using graphite paper and then flushed the sketch out with a blue pencil.
I block in the background and the main shapes.
See how the ink is still coming through - as ink will do.
I move on to refining the painting, adding shadow and light values to give the figure more dimensions and refining the birds.
And after a few layers of paint, even the ink fades into the background.
And I find my way out of the labyrinth … listening to the birds =)
Until next time,
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