Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Not quite done



Hi ladies,
Thank you so much for all of your kind words! I was hoping to get this up here today finished but I guess it will have to be next week. After a while the other day painting this one I kept saying to myself " Why so many details Giselle????". Anyway, as much as I love details it's taking me quite a bit of time painting them in! The other thing that happened is that I kept having to go over and over some spots to cover up my ink ing lines. It never happened before but for some reason they kept resurfacing after painting them over. I think I was using too much of my drying agent and didn't realize the amount of paint I was putting down was actually much thinner than what it was. I was doing this to get it to dry faster so I could go to the next layer and I was actually slowing myself down because I kept having to repaint! The agent was making it look thicker than it was but when it dried of course it would thin. Anyway you learn from your mistakes right. OK enough rambling. I'm off to a little school visit this afternoon to do some fun activities with an art club and show them some of my illustrations. A great way to see what kids that aren't related to me really think. Have a great rest of the week.



7 comments:

  1. Giselle, this is incredible! The hair is much better with the layer of paint that you added. The skin and the lighting is suberb! I love the swirlies in the globe. And you were able to keep the busy background in without it distracting from the witch - although I would darken it just a tad as it recedes.

    Just one thing that i have to mention - did you apply a canvas texture in photoshop? Because it looks like one is applied. It's got that - filterized look. I am not a big fan of these filters mostly because a real oil painting would never have such a uniform appearance. In reality the paint would be too thick in places for the canvas to come through everywhere. But in this painitng it comes through everywhere. Maybe it is just the scan. Btw, if you use Painter you wont' have this problem because as you paint only parts of your canvas's texture show through just like real oil paint.

    I am interested to hear what other people think but I would remove the canvas texture in spots so that it not completely uniform.

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  2. Thanks Carlyn,

    You are too funny though! It is a real oil painting my friend. I don't work digitally ever. Only to play around with ideas but then I go back and do it the traditional way the only way I know how. OK I shouldn't say that exactly. I have enlarged my own traditionally painted pieces by cloning my own paint texture so that I could fit text in because of bad planning on my part and just not leaving enough room. I was actually just thinking that for my next piece I'm not going to use a standard canvas but a smooth surfaced illustration board. I was not totally happy with the filtered look. It's a lot more apparent on the computer than in real life too. Somehow when I scan the piece it picks up everything so I get all of that extra texture. More lessons learned right.

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  3. Thanks Carlyn!!

    You are too funny though! It is a real oil painting my friend. I don't work digitally ( I'm very computer handicapped still) . I only play around with ideas in Photoshop but then I go back and do it the traditional way the only way I know how. OK I shouldn't say that exactly. I have enlarged my own traditionally painted pieces by cloning my own paint texture so that I could fit text in better. It's usually because of bad planning on my part and just not leaving enough room. I was actually thinking that for my next piece I'm not going to use a standard canvas but a smooth surfaced illustration board so I don't get all of those dang lines everywhere. I was not totally happy with it after scanning. The lines are a lot more apparent on the computer than in real life too. Somehow when I scan the piece it picks up everything so I get all of that extra texture. More lessons learned right. If you know how I can adjust my scanner or do something in photoshop so that I can get rid of those lines PLEASE let me know.

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  4. Giselle,
    I really love the way this is coming out. I am particularly impressed with your handling of the lighting. My biggest problem was the medium I was working in. I had so many layers of wax from the cp's, it was almost as if it just wouldn't accept another layer. You work in oil, right? I think I might do better with a paint underpainting. There is just so much you can do with a marker and colored pencils.

    Your fine arts background really shows through in this illustration. I love all the detail in this composition. I especially love the frog on the hat but I wish he was a little more prominent. Maybe have some of the same light effects that you have with the witch on him. He is such a great visual"perk"! Great Job!
    ~Deb

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  5. Hi Giselle,
    I love what you've done with the crystal ball. That swirling effect is amazing- I was so curious to see how you'd handle this. It's true what Debbie said about your fine art training coming through. You handle these oils so well and I've heard it is quite a difficult medium to master. I agree that maybe there should be more highlights in the frog so he's easier to see. I'm anxious to see more next week- what a great piece!
    Will you put this on a card and mail it out right away even though it's after Halloween? I think you should for sure but I don't know if there is a Seasonal Taboo.

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  6. Hi Giselle -
    This is amazing - and it turned out wonderful, even with all of those scientific difficulties. Traditional painting is so much fun, and it's great when happy mistakes happen. That's the magic of creativity - letting go.
    I love it and it looks like you're on the right track. Have fun and happy painting - Chris

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  7. Giselle, chiming in late here, but I have to say...awesome, awesome, awesome! You have really outdone yourself, I am so impressed. Of all the things I've seen you do, this one is the best.

    If I had to be picky, I'd say that her teeth could be yellower. The are just too clean for someone who's missing so many! Also, I think her tongue needs a bit more definition.

    The shadows and highlights just blow me away! :D Still learning from the best~Lisa

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