Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer of Color - Week 6

The final week of Summer of Color 2015 is here and almost gone!  I'm still behind but at least I managed to get two weeks done on time!

"Orange is the happiest color."
- Frank Sinatra 

This week's color palette:
Orange + Orange +Blue

I started this week's SoC with one of my pre-drawn faces.  I'm still loving the idea of a series of colorful faces so I stuck with it!  I decided to take it back a little to my roots (once upon a time I was a decent portrait painter in oils no less!) and veer away from my whimsical type girls and go with just a regular face.  I wish I'd taken a picture of the sketch first but of course I was too caught up in what I was doing to do that!

Color Inspiration for this week came from my Neocolor ii's.  I used Orange, Cobalt Blue, and Red Orange.

Here's a bit of progress:

I really like how the face and hair turned out.  I even added blue eye lashes.  The orange hues made for interesting shading but I think they were relatively effective.  I chose not to do any dark lines around the face as I didn't want it to start looking "too Haloween-y" with the black and orange.  The hair was done strictly with my cobalt blue Neocolor.

I sprayed some Calypso Teal Dylusions Ink Spray through the Dylusions Bubble stencil because I always love my circles.  It gave me some nice tone on tone texture and added a few pieces of coordinating washi tape (who doesn't love washi?).  I used a brayer and added orange acrylic as well as the orange neocolor.  I got to the above stage and hadn't a clue where to go from there!  Work past the ugly.  Not that she's ugly but the background is "meh".

I stamped a few Dylusions circles, added doodles with my Stabilo All pencil, and my white pen but it needed a little something more.  I found a few pre-cut circles in my stash and colored with my neocolors, stamped with Dylusions arrow stamps and highlighted with my Uniball Signo pen.  I really didn't like the sweep of orange in the hair so to cover I added a crown I'd sprayed with Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine Dylusions.  To finish I added a heart that had been partial sprayed with Calpyso Teal Dylusions and stamped my "SOC" and my weekly number.  

So my Queen is done and while Summer of Color is officially finished I still have four more ladies to complete.  I'll be posting those as soon as I can get them done.

While I came in late to this event I always enjoy participating.  I say always but this is only my 2nd year to participate.  It is so much fun seeing what Kristin comes up with each week.  You can always go back and check the archives in Kristin's blog (here, here, here, and here) for all previous years' challenges.  Be sure to come back next year for another exciting Summer of Color!

I'm currently working on a way to house my ladies of summer - the ones I've done and the ones I shall do.  I'm doing them all on loose 9x12" watercolor paper and I really don't want to poke holes and bind them nor am I prepared to frame them/ display them at this time.  I've come up with another solution that I'm hoping will work.  If you follow my on Instagram you've already seen what I'm coming up with and I hope to have it finished and a post about it sometime next week.  

Until then, 

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