Friday, April 16, 2010

Some Question Answered!

Here's the latest iteration.  After looking at the image on the computer, I realized it need some changes.  I thought my face looked too flat, so I got out the white paint and added some highlights here and there.  I also brightened my lips.  I realized that the hair looked plastered to my face, so I "styled it away and also added more on top to add some height to it.

Victoria wanted to know my process.  I started with a piece of Roc-Lon Multipurpose cloth.  I adore this stuff!  You can paint on it, sew through it, even hole punch it - and it never frays.  I painted the face with acrylic paints; after it dried, I added shading and details (glasses, lips, eyes) with Derwent Inktense colored pencils.  I fused the fabrics for the clothing and background next.

And the hair??? No one guessed correctly.  It's made from wavy strips I cut from a (new) scouring pad.  I zigzagged the pieces in place at the top only so they can stick out and add more funk.

Someone also asked if there was another photo editing option out there, since they don't have Photoshop.  A great site is  It's a free photo editing site, though there is a small yearly subscription fee for more advanced features.  On Picnik, use the Posterize feature to replace Photoshop's Cutout filter.  Also try the Pencil Sketch feature, if that's the effect you're looking for.  Hope this helps!


WoolenSails said...

Definitely like your new version, much more personality to it.
I like to look at my photos too, gives me a better perspective.
I also set my piece on the couch while I work on other things. That way I can stare at it and see what I do and don't like about it. Distance perspective is the best way to critique your piece.


What Comes Next? said...

there does seem to be more "life" to it now, although I hadn't noticed its absence before, either! no trained eye here! Love the hair - ingenuous. Thanks for the link for Picnik - I just went and played with pencil sketch, so I think I have a new starting point that I can actually work with. Yayy!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Great info! thanks for explaining the fabric and your paint process. Manipulating the fabric is something I want to be more adventurous with... So much fun!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

The hair is seriously funky!! I love the changes you've made. Thanks for the Picnik link...that was very fun!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Thanks for sharing the info about the paints & pencils. They sure add a lot!