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Donkeys, Day 4

Today was a busy day and perhaps not the best moment to choose to do a digital collage, especially not when I have as hard a time doing art drafts as I do writing drafts.  I can't just do big strokes and leave it at that (I did put my foot down at adding details and textures...). But I'm learning. Boy, am I learning lots with this little project. That alone is quite fun.

One not-so-fun thing I've learned is that my scanner's color settings are waaaay off. Going to have to dig out the user's manual and see if I can tweak that.  The colors are not true to life, but that encouraged me to play more. And I learned that I have to spend more time familiarizing myself with Photoshop Elements to achieve the colors I want. In the meantime, this will do:

4 Donkey Digital Collage

"Digitalized Donkey," mixed media* digital collage
Original colors (photographed with pretty cruddy light, so...) just so you can see the difference if you are curious. I do think the final version pops more, but it is not at all the palette I want to work with when I settle on a style.
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(I had started to cut out the tree with a cutter, and then thought, Nah, much faster with the drawing tablet. But was it? :P

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* For my own memory purposes:
Background: homemade watercolor
Tree: Cut-out of ink drawing with watercolor splotches
Donkey: Cut-out from waxed paper that had served for baking my last loaf of bread, color change is digital, as are the details: Waxed paper does not like or accept ink.

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asakiyume
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
That is *so cool*

Love that the donkey is made from waxed paper, and I love the homemade watercolor.
mnfaure
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
:D He was a lovely brown color, but with the funky colors that my scanner made the tree details, I had to play to get him to complement as well as stand out from the rest. Time consuming but fun.
frigg
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
I think it's gorgeous! And I love how you are using different materials to cover the same theme.
mnfaure
Mar. 13th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It is certainly a lot of fun trying to think of all the different ways I can do this, besides just doing things like changing lines to make it more realistic or cartoonish, etc. I will be doing those things, too, but the processes are teaching me even more than the products at this point. :D
karl_ukral
Mar. 13th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Beautifully turned out. Gentle colors.
mnfaure
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
mindseas
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
To me, this donkey looks feminine (the eyelashes?) and very mystical. The bluer tones of the final version emphasize her spiritual powers.
mnfaure
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Ah the eyelashes! I forgot to post a photo of donkey eyelashes. :D Thanks for reminding me.

I love your thoughts on this one (on all of the works, actually. It is cool to know what impressions people are getting. Very insightful and informative.)
coffeesvp
Mar. 14th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Wonderful work. This is really appealing. I want a blue donkey.
mnfaure
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
I want a blue donkey.

I thought the same thing! How lovely a blue donkey would be. :D
sunflower_sky
Mar. 14th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
I love watching you work. All of these have been beautiful.
mnfaure
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was wondering if I should share each and everyone of them and then decided yes because it keeps me accountable. It is also good to know people like seeing them. :P
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