Welcome! This week I played along as one of the sample makers for a Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty Challenge (DTGD15StampmommaA). I'm not supposed to give away the specific challenge details in my post, but I'll tell you that I sketched my focal image rather than using a stamped image. I took stepped out pictures of the process, AND I'm attaching a .jpg version of my artwork at the end of the post so that you can color it some time, if you'd like. :-)
Here was my initial rough pencil sketch--very rough! I had taken a phone picture of some purple coneflowers (echinacea) when we were shopping at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, and sketching the flowers from that picture seemed like a perfect way to add my own twist to Lori's challenge.
Next I used my Copic Warm Gray 0.1 Multiliner and inked over the penciled lines that I wanted to keep, and erased all of the pencil lines that I didn't need. (I could have used a black multiliner, but I wanted less of a lined look so that the coloring would be the focus.) My paper is X-Press It Blending Card.
I started with the petals--Copic Violets and Red Violet, as shown above.
Here I've added my greens. For some of the background areas in the greenery, I made it up as I went; so if you try to use my line work to color, feel free to invent as you go too ;-)
I worked on the flower centers here. I was happy with their roundedness, values, and color, but I still needed some highlights. Usually when I need to regain highlights, I resort to either my Copic colorless blender (if it's a small area that doesn't need a crisp white), or sometimes colored pencil if I do need a crisp shape.
For this piece, I tried a new-to-me tool, a Gold Kirarina Wink pen. You can see the gold metallic dots above. They are standing out a bit more than I needed, so after the gold ink was completely dry, I used my darker Copic colors (E49, RV99) to obscure the precise dots just a bit. (For more information on the Kirarina WiNK pens, look HERE.)
Here's what it looked like afterward--compared to the photo above. (As always, you can click on any picture to see it in a larger format.)
My card format is a 5" square. I REDUCED my original artwork to make it fit on a card front.
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I re-inked my artwork to try to clean up the lines a bit and make it more suitable for reduction in size, making the outlines thicker and the inner lines thinner. It's still hand-drawn though, so it's not as smooth as computer rendered artwork, if that matters to you.
Here is the .jpg file for a BLACK lined version of my original artwork: View this photo
Here is the .jpg file for a GRAY lined version of my original artwork: View this photo
I am happy to share these two files with you for your own personal use; they are not to be sold. If you use them in a public format (ex: a blog post), I would appreciate your linking to this post rather than re-distributing my files. Feel free to resize them as you wish; resizing can easily be accomplished in either a photo editing program or a word processing program. Thank you, and have fun!
If you'd like to join in the fun, here's a link that explains how to get involved in the Dirty Girl Fan Club Challenges. If you're already a member of the SCS Fan Club, you already have access to all of the challenges--go play! Thanks for visiting today,