For my APC this past June I create a punch out playing card. I added Keith Haring and the rainbow flag to the back so that they would show through the circles. Thank you Elsa for the use of the confetti punch.
As you know I just jump in with both feet and let the image evolve. I started with the brown background papers that I made using magazine papers and sanding. Washi tape came next with the French writing and the map circles. I had found a bunch of bananas which I thought looked like "hair". So I had to find a face to go with the bananas. Queen Beatrix on a stamp fit the bill. I changed her orientation in Photoshop and then sized her to fit the bananas. Finally a little scrap of paper in the upper left finished off the ATC.
What I like about portraits is that personality comes through. One can make up a narrative about the person. We all have opinions of people we see but do not know. It is fun to sit on a bench in public and people watch and try to figure out the people we see.
No. 11 is not my favorite. However, continuing to share whatever I am creating, the good and the bad is my policy. One thing about the portraits that I do like is that I can use the heads with bodies that I find in magazines to create a composite person. I did that with Raymond the Fashionista.
I have trouble drawing women for some reason. In the first collaboration of this summer I only did one woman and in this the second, only lone woman. I am avoiding for some reason. Perhaps I need to push myself.
My friend and fellow artist, Elsa, asked me if I would like to participate in an collaborative exchange. She had small book covers from some detective series and so they became the covers of three journals. Another friend, Colleen, is also participating with us. We each have ten cards in the book to collage on. I decided to do portraits and so each book will have 20 portraits plus whatever the other two artists do in their sections. Over the next few days I will share what I completed for journal no. 2. I have the third journal to work in and will start on that one soon.
All twelve mini journals are housed in the box with the crow finial on top. Because the books fit snuggly in the box I add a red pull on one of the books so that it could be taken out easily and then access to the others is simple.
So many similarities in this series but then again it is a series. The man, the focal point seems a bit muted into the background a bit. Probably because of the dark color of his kimono and the dark in the middle of the spread.
Mini no. 10 honors the mountain goat. They are amazing animals. Pacific NW First Nation residents would go up into the mountains and harvest the hair that they found stuck to bushes and such. A few years ago I saw a blanket that had mountain goat hair woven into it. Cool!