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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.

(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

* 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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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.
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.
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.
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
Mar. 13th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Beautifully turned out. Gentle colors.
Mar. 14th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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.
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.)
Mar. 14th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Wonderful work. This is really appealing. I want a blue donkey.
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
Mar. 14th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
I love watching you work. All of these have been beautiful.
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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