I shall be entering this one into two challenges:
The Pink Elephant - Sketch challenge
Totally Papercrafts - Clean and simple
And here it is:
Papers: October Afternoon; DCWV; mirror board.
I don't normally use mirror board - I find it a bit shiny for me, usually. But what better to use to give that shiny, metal finish to this adorable image?
I so love these new Wizard of Oz images from Mo's Digital Pencil. As I think I mentioned yesterday, there is a whole range, including Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glenda the Good, the Tin Man and, of course, Dorothy (whose image is named 'Kansas'). What a wonderful idea of Mo's - the Wizard of Oz must be one of the most popular films of a certain generation (i.e. mine!) and, as always, Mo has managed to capture the characters' quirks so well.
I must admit to be rather afraid of this image, though. I mean, he's the Tin Man, he's metal and colouring metal is frightening! But I desperately wanted to use him so I got out my cool grey Copics and set to work. I'm pretty thrilled with the result, even though I shouldn't say so myself. I think he looks quite metallic and I love that little touch of red for his heart. I think I could have been a little braver with the shading and contrast but I was reluctant to over-colour this image - it could so easily have been a disaster. Then I went in with my Prismas to add the background, which I kept to a lovely warm yellow to counteract the coolness of the grey.
It took me a while to decide on the paper, actually - I tried him against all sorts of greys (and other colours too) until I remembered these gorgeous polkadots, which I think are perfect. I needed something that wasn't too busy because I had the 'Clean and simple' challenge in my head, which also meant that I needed to keep the layering down to a minimum. The sketch definitely helped with that one.
I generated the sentiment on my PC - it seemed so appropriate - and then added just a little punch of red at the bottom to finish.
So, today I need to buy a present for my boss, who is leaving me on Tuesday after three-and-a-half years of working together. Then I have dinner guests this evening and, of course, I need to fit in some colouring, just because!
Happy Sunday everyone.