Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin and Candy Collage Art

Home Carved Pumpkin
A long time ago when I was pretty young (I'm guessing about 11 or 12), I did these two collage pictures with a passion for the season. Both were inspired off my two favorite things; pumpkin carving, and a bag full of sweets.
 The elements of both images were hand drawn, cut, and pasted. I simply used cheap construction paper, a little bit of marker, a pen, and some foil. 
For the above image "Home Carved Pumpkin" I used pen to add some lines on the pumpkin, cut out the windows and door crack, then places the orange pumpkin over top of some splotchy yellow paper to make it appear lit. 
    I cut some orange chunks and strips of paper to look like the shavings from within the pumpkin, then cut out some cream paper in oval shapes and colored them with tan marker to serve as pumpkin seeds. For the knife and spoon, I simply cut out the desired shapes from a sheet of kitchen foil, then added a brown handle to the knife blade and there you have it, tools fit for pumpkin carving.
     I may note that I actually made some house pumpkins when I was younger, no doubt the reason I made this collage. Someday I may try to find the old pictures of my carvings, and share them here. ^_^ 

Sweet Treasures
"Sweet Treasures" was a more challenging collage compared to "Home Carved Pumpkin". It required more elements, and careful planning.
     First I made the background by using a sheet of black; then made the table cloth by cutting a strip of purple paper, cut out some triangles from a dark blue sheet of paper, and glued them on as a table cloth design.
      For the candle holder I folded strips of kitchen foil and glued them together as a square, then made the candle with red paper, and cut out an oval from yellow paper for the flame.
       The bag and candy were the most complicated. For the bag I drew out the shape with pen, and cut it out, one side given a rippled edge to make it seem crumbled and full from a long night. I then cut a black U shape for the handle, pieced together a candy apple image with red and brown, then worked on candy elements.
       I made candy by cutting out different shapes and colors, then piecing them together. The chocolate bars, spelled " Chocklate"...(must be a foreign brand, just kidding. :P Didn't know how to spell it properly at the the time.) were made by folding foil strips to look like wrapped bars, then covered with a brown paper strip and labeled as chocolate with a pen. 
      The longest step was making candy corn. I had to cut individual corn shapes, and color each one with marker to make them look right.
      Once I was done making all the candy elements, I glued them down to look like bunches of candy was falling out of the bag, and I used some of the pieces to decorate the treat bag. (Would have been easier to find actuall pictures of candy to save time; but as I recall, I made candy because I couldn't find any images for use...which is kind of good thing, and kept the picture from clashing with real imagery verses it's "constructed" background.

I still love both collage pictures, even in their age; hope you do too. ^.^

P.S. Have you wondered where I went for the past 19 days? News is my old computer glitched on me; but no worries, I have a new one! And I'm as ready as ever to continue sharing. :D

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Monster Costume

My monster costumes, a full outfit inspired off a simple toe sock design. I would love having this costume for real, but the materials required would not add up cheaply. The socks and gloves would have to be pieced and made out of a stretchy, black and green striped knit wear with plastic nails sewn to each finger and toe digit. The headband, depending on which one you choose to wear, would have to have plastic horns, or hand sewn felt with knit material and fake fur. The jacket itself would be made of synthetic leather (a type of sleek vinyl either painted or pieced.) The day dream of this costume is that I would wear it because I'm goofy, and as Pearllight fashion I would pretend to be a cute Jusha, creepy creatures of the woods that come from a story I'm currently writing.

To make this full design, I first designed each element of the costume separately, thought out the colors, then applied it to my personalized fashion form. I simply laid a sheet of tracing paper over my drawing and drew out the costume around the forms shape (right image above is what I got). After I had my desired design, I scanned it and outlined it digitally, then aligned it with my fashion form and made required tweaks (left image above is final design). I then took this completed design and printed it out for the next step of coloring. I used Sharpie and Le Plume markers, with a hint of colored pencil, and believe or not a little eye shadow. Sharpie was used to color all my designs; from the jacket, to the socks and gloves, to the main design put together. I loved the way the colors blended, but man does the black ink stink. Le Plume and some other brand were used to color the skin and gray parts of the costume, colored pencil was used on the eyes, and eye shadow was used for eye makeup and blush.

The Jacket design itself was so much fun to design. I sketched it all out in pencil first (see below left image) and wrote simple details about what each drawing was. Then I inked my image with a fine tip marker and scanned it onto my computer (below right image); all the hand writing vanished after the scan and clean up. And then I colored the designs, scanned it again, and typed in some basic description. The jacket clips up the front with hook and eye buttons. I made the buttons silver since it stood out the best; before hand I was thinking about making the buttons black or green, but that just didn't work. The front is lined with green strips where the jacket split meets, and if the jacket were to actually be made, it would have black piping along the green strips to separate the two flaps, preventing them from being a solid green line with no definition of a split existing. I also added a tail which attaches from the inside of the jacket so you can't tell it's separate. On the inside there's a clip which the base of the tail attaches to, which means if you don't want the tail, you can un-clip it and store it elsewhere. I added the additional split on the back of the jacket so the tail would flop around and show freely. The green fringe lining the sleeves of the jacket would be made of a translucent material of the same green color to everything else. Note that I drew the green designs of the jacket to resemble large scratch marks, which is why I gave everything a jagged edge. I also made two different headbands, not being able to decide whether I wanted horns or ears; I decided horns looked better.

And now for the final design page, not to mention the first design page which started the theme of my entire monster costume. I started off by drawing a funny idea for toe socks, only felt like giving them sharp nails and padded feet, this calling them monster socks. They turned out being a really funny, and really cool idea. I felt it would be even more fun to put rubber grip on the feet to prevent slipping, and make it look like a creatures foot pad. Each toe, the side of the foot, and the heel would have rubber grip. Though, I drew the rubber foot pad on the wrong side in the above drawing; it's suppose to follow along the outer edge of your foot for a more natural grip as you walk. After making the socks, I decided gloves would be cute, so  I designs a pair that followed along the same concept. They have nails, along with finger and palm grip so you won't have as much trouble holding things like you normally do when wearing regular gloves. 

Once I made the socks and gloves, I couldn't resist designing a complete costume, and so I have.

Hope you enjoy, and if you like my design, feel free to comment and tell me why.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Autumn Flounce, fashion

Maple Goody Outfit
Autumn Flounce, an outfit design inspired off a doll I made on Dolldivine in the pinup maker. Some of the most interesting ideas have come to me during play time on the digital doll site, and looking at other art styles provided through multiple doll making programs helps boost my creativity and fashion design. Above is my Autumn Flounce outfit, which I decided to frame for interest. Originally I had hopes to frame it with some scanned scrapbook papers, but still haven't scanned my desired sheets, so I settled with a digital frame; and may create a set of fashion cards with nicer backdrops later on, but for now I want to show it as is.

Some tweaks have been made to better fit the actual human structure, and when hand designing I have room for making the design look however I want, being that I'm not restricted to limited options for clothing design and color choice like I am in the digital doll programs. To the right is the original doll created in the pinup maker, there's an original post she's been mentioned in here- Autumn Flounce Dolls where I also include another doll named "Candy Apple", a design I may someday draw on my fashion form as I have "Maple Goody". I tend to call this design Autumn Flounce because it rings better. The name of the doll itself is Maple Goody, which I mention on the "Autumn Flounce Doll" post. The dolls outfit has been called Autumn Flounce, but Maple Goody still fits. 

I found that I had to make a few color switches and tweaks to the design when drawing it onto my fashion form. For instance, the sleeves originally didn't exists, since the program didn't provide that option. I added straps to the bodice and puts heart tattoos on her arms to make it appear as if she had lace sleeves attached to her straps. This design worked fine on the doll form, but had to be changed on my fashion form; so what I did was make a decorative trim to line the top of the bodice, basing it off the red straps of the dolls outfit, and went for a layered leaf look to fit the Autumn theme. Then I added the lacy sleeves, but found they looked better when blue, instead of red like the original. The rest of the bodice was pretty strait forward, I just changed the bow size, and kept everything else to original color scheme. I also drew my own design of boots, made them brown instead of black, and decided blue stockings looked better than red. For some reason the colors chosen for the doll look right, but the colors for the fashion form needed to be switched here and there. I also went ahead and designed some jewelry which dangles and has leaves in it, along with a personalized head band which I tweaked and added more color to. I also mimicked the hair style of the doll, but didn't keep it exact, and used my actual hair color instead of orange. The only way the outfit would fit exact to the doll is if you have a wig made to look like the dolls hair. Last thing I did was slightly mimic the makeup onto my fashion form and it was complete. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sugarspice, Autumn Colors

Sugarspice the Autumn color fairy
Sugarspice, the fairy who spices up the color of the leaves with a little drop of sugar. Her name and purpose were yet another last minute idea that clicked in there. She loves to dance from leaf to leaf, and flounce her gypsy leaf skirt while touching the branches of each tree with her sugar yielding wand. 

This illustration dates back to about 2009. Mediums used-colored Prismacolor pencils, and chalk pastels. The colored pencil was used for the leaf, fairy, and surrounding border; while the chalk pastel was used for the wings and sky.

My favorite parts of this illustration is the outfit and the wings. The wings are oddly radiant, and all at once soft with the combo of chalk pastel and colored pencil; mixing the chalk colors in patches helped it look like those air brushed fairy wings you can purchase for costume. 

Note, if you look closely you'll see the fairy has solid eye color, no pupil. I left it that way feeling it fit her plant base nature better, her eyes a bright green like the chlorophyll of plants. 

As I mentioned in the Autumn Based Sketches post, this illustration matches up with the style I drew Grace, the Autumn leaf fairy, no doubt a friend of Sugarspice. Here's image to Grace for style comparison-Grace, the Autumn Leaf Fairy 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Wind Fairy, revised

Autumn Wind Fairy
This illustration was once shared back in this post here A Sudden time of Creativity . I was rather short on details, and in a slight hurry to get it up and out of the way; but as it goes with many of my old displays, the alignment was rather poor, and the cropping quite shabby. I set out to fix this problem, just as I have with other images like "Farmer's Wall".  Above is the new version, properly aligned and tweaked; note yet again the color is slightly different from its predecessor, shown below to the left. The level change I used made it more yellow, and displayed it's true tones. It's not as shaded as its predecessor, but aligned none the less, as it should be.

The fairy should have a name, I think maybe Ember, the fairy which brings fire to the leaves and carries that burnt leaf scent through the air as a sign of Autumn. Sort of matches the whole flowy red hair and orange red breeze which she lightly walks on. I find it cute for a last minute idea.

On the left is original version of Ember, the burning leaf fairy. This version is improperly aligned, but you can't tell unless you get in close. I almost like her shade in color better in original than in new, but again, can't remember how I pulled it off. To the right is the base image when no tweaks had been made beyond alignment. Again, digital programs saved the day when it comes to bringing life to a picture. Mediums used were predominately watercolor pencils, used for the sky, wind, and hair. The faerie's skin, and dress were done with Prismacolor pencils, and her wings were colored with chalk pastels with hints of colored pencil.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Autumn Based sketches

Autumn Dancing
Being that I did quite a few sketches in the past, some of them pertaining to Autumn, I feel now is the time to bring them out of the dark, otherwise they may never be seen, incomplete or not. All these pieces date back to around 2008-2009, the first two done with a fine tipped pen, and the last sketched with pencil. Sometime I hope to color the sketches, and possibly use them as elements for silly postcards or children's illustrations; but for now I wish to bring the sketches themselves to light, in case I don't color them before Autumn is out. If I do manage to get them colored this year, I'll be sure to blog about them sometime, and include link back to this post. "Autumn Dancing" is one of my favorite themed sketches, I think it has something to do with it's movement; no doubt it will be much nicer with some color slapped on for that extra touch.
Acorn elves
I couldn't think of a better name for these rather stiff sketches (above), but I do like them even in their imperfection. I figure they would make cute elves since they're dressed in that style of clothing, and the one has an acorn cap, so I figure they'd be cute acorn elves. With some color added, and a set of wings, these sketches could easily be turned into fairies of some kind.

Grace the leaf Fairy
Last Autumn Sketch is Grace, the leaf fairy. Grace was a last minute name, I felt it fit her face and the way she's posed. This sketch is a definite for future use. If I color her and use her as an element, she could easily fit a pretty illustration or postcard. I could make her any color, but she's not just a leaf fairy, she's meant to be an Autumn based leaf fairy, which means her colors are meant to be rich and jewel toned. The particular style of Grace matches up with another illustration I made later, and I'll be sure to share that one soon, with link reference back to this image. 

Stay tuned for more fun Autumn themes. ^.~