Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eye Contact

There's a company called Papaya, whose graphics I've long admired. They are dreamy, neo-hippie, exotic, cross-cultural - think Anthropologie aesthetic and you have the idea. Well, I was looking at a Papaya ad and admiring the complexity of the artwork when it occurred to me that I ought to try something similar.

There was a catch: digital layering and imagery is integral to Papaya's look but I was determined to stay old-school. In the end, I think I could have achieved more of the style by softening the flowers with an acrylic wash but I did get 10 layers into the piece, and that's not counting the painted and inked rings or the watercolors on her face. I'm sure to try this again. 5" x 5" on acid-free watercolor paper

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