Saturday, October 26, 2019

Floral Deer Collage

I had started this project back in February, then left the illustration alone for a long time, later to come back to it with the urge to add some color and make it pretty.

I've always loved the combination of texture and color, collage and paper piecing. I decided to use that technique combined with the line art to create a digital mixed media image. 

I changed the line art to brown, black was too harsh, then selected sections of digital scrapbook paper to make things more interesting. The digital scrapbook papers used are all from the site Far Far Hill.
Base sketches were done first by drawing on a translucent layer over the shower curtain photo which I had spotted this illustration in. Once I finished drawing, I made the photo of the curtain invisible, leaving me with an illustration on a perfect white backdrop.
What's this about? You may not be able to see what I see, but I find pictures and inspiring ideas within the most mundane of textures. Rugs, wood, wrinkly shower curtain lining (in this case), fabric patterns, and so on. This odd deer illustration was created over top of this photo when I had spotted the shapes and form of the deer in it.

There have been many moments in life where I and others in the family see funny things in strange places, known as faces in places by some people. I finally looked up what the actual word for it is, and discovered it's called pareidolia. (Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data. Some common examples are seeing a likeness of Jesus in the clouds or an image of a man on the surface of the moon. Famous examples of pareidoliaThe psychological phenomenon that causes some people to see or hear a vague or random image or sound as something significant is known as pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a).The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data.)

I now know what to call the many random moments of seeing things in odd places, not necessarily obvious to anyone else's eyes either.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Peachy People

The following collection of digital collages were an odd set that came about when I was having a partial peach craving, or more specifically a desire to smell peaches during October. 

Nouveau inspiration of pretty ladies with their forms displayed partially inspired the first collage.

Each peach person for the first and last illustration were made using selections of a peach image as texture, using a quickly drawn form sketch as a guide for shaping the pieces.
From this black and white sketch, to using it as a guide for texture placement (right). 
Ms. Peach

A plump and cheery peach lady sitting in the peach tree. She's kind of meant to look like a wingless fairy or some sort of small being who lives and hides among the peaches. The top two were made to look like a sheer shawl wrapped around her top and bottom, with slight variations between them.

The bottom two are displays of two subtly different bikini bottoms. Personally, the less green covering the peach color, the better she shows up on an already green background.
Peach Spirit

This particular collage reminded me of Aeris from the Mora story, specifically because of the leafy hair style and jungle garb entirely made from greenery. 

This little peach spirit watches over every precious ripening peach till it's ready to be plucked or planted.
Peachy People

I used more than peach images to create the third collage of a couple of jungle dwellers doing daily routines. The man warms his hands next to the fire he had just started, and the woman searches for flowers and herbs to pick.

These all can fall into the category of peach people, little forest spirits or fairies.