anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Small (phase II)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Illustration Friday - Small (phase II)

Well...this is as much as I'm going to do on my mandolin lady, at least for now. I decided to play around with coloring her in Photoshop until I determine how I want to treat the original. I may want to leave her black and white, or go into a more organic, vegetable palette. It's fun to see how many different personalities a drawing can have, but at this's time to put it away for a while. Thanks so much for all your comments on the first two versions below. I really appreciate the feedback!


Blogger Holly said...

Well you have created something quite lovely here. I especially love how her dress is part of the garden of flowers-like it is connecting her to the earth. Happy to see phase 2. Well done Carla.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

Very beautiful illustration Carla

9:45 PM  
Blogger Kil55 said...

it's beautiful what you have done. I love how her position is...
anyway, the thing i drew was a chracter from Nintendo :) Tahnks for the comment :D

10:01 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Very nice. I also like the black and white version a lot. Very strong.

10:07 PM  
Blogger youcantryreachingme said...

ah see - as much as we loved the black-and-white, you always do a fabulous job when it comes to adding the colour!

I love the idea of photoshopping it all first! - so I take it she's still black-and-white then? You could have so many different versions......

10:26 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

wonderful - really nice!
I am not so friendly to the degrad├ęs, but in this case goes fine.
everything is good, but the instrument - superb.
Great posts are all the Mandolin Lady's trio

10:26 PM  
Blogger melba said...

You put so much energy and effort and care into your work. I get the feeling you love the process. There is an amazing attention to detail with this beautiful lady. I know this took you hours to do; your work ethic is very inspiring. I would love to hear more about your personal process of making art and why you enjoy it.

11:49 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

wow carla, love her and the dress!

12:42 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

They are like three sisters...each like each other but also with personalities and lives of their own. This has been so fun Carla!!

4:28 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

It just takes on a life of its own! Looks like you have had fun with her! Almost like a Barbie doll.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

Love her quiet elegant.
-Marjorie Ann

7:51 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

very nice finish to your drawing. I like the gradation in the background and your soft colors on the figure. good job!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Fancy World said...

What a wonderful illo. Very nice!

8:19 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

This turned out wonderful. THe detail of her hair is amazing!

8:58 AM  
Blogger String said...

Lovely as usual! Very nice seeing the process!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Isa said...

very beautiful and sensible illo!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous kat said...

this is absolutely beautiful carla!! gorgeous detail work.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

The pattern on her dress is simply beautiful. I want a dress like that.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Pusha V said...

I like your style. Free and flowing. :)
I like who you were able to give it that oriental flat painting feel but manage to add depth to the work
5 stars *****
Lol I know blogger does not have a rating system but that would be cool.

8:34 PM  
Blogger airikshin1ng said...

Nice illo, especially the details on the hair! they seems to tell alot of stories!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

She looks so peacful and beautiful.
The color really enhances the mood surounding her.
Just lovely Carla

9:43 PM  
Blogger Urban Convert said...

Fanatastic, as always. Carla, you make your own "tarot" deck. "The mandolin player signifies . . ." I don't know what she signifies, but hey, you're the lit teacher (arrow's of friendly envy heading your way), you can come up with something. You sure know the mandolin's history. Good job. And, also as always, thanks for your comments.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

I like all three versions but the color is the best (imho)!

The dress, the hair, and the mandolin work so well together.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Wow, she is looking more and more beautiful. She does seem to have a differnet personality in each version.She reminds me of Loreena McKennitt with tamer hair!

Thank you for the nice comments on my IF entry - yes Fran is a tad acerbic lol.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Tiffy said...

Well done Carla! Very pretty illo.

1:03 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

difficult choice, i like all three of them...

7:46 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

I love when people post stages of their illustrations!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

your details are so amazing. i sometimes like the black and white versions the best, so intricate. and the descriptions are wonderful mini-lessons.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely illustration, love the colored version!

4:05 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

this is so nice.. all three stand out on their own, each telling different stories, each in theor own lifetimes... btw phase II is my fave.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

Carla you posted the rpogress that is awesome :) Thanks for it !!! look great and like alwyas beautiful :)

7:46 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love the dress....I would love to have one like this. Very romantic...
Beautiful job, Carla! : )

8:22 PM  
Blogger Q said...

amazing illo! great work :D

4:04 AM  
Blogger chan wah said...

Very good info about the mandolin, but I still love the beautiful patterns and colors on the dress.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Carla, your style just grows on me. I like the details on this one. Would be nice if you try an organic background. May I suggest an olive green or even the pink which you have already used on the dress? Anyway. This piece is simply geogeous.

By the way, what happen to your masthead?

5:32 AM  
Blogger Virginia Valle said...

:)Thanks Carla for visiting my blog ;) and your lovely comments .. Keep working you are doing a good job

6:43 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

This has a lovely delicacy to it. I think its a great idea to do variations digitally, it gives one a lot of scope for safe experimenting.

You must have put so many hours into this one - I'm amazed (I've been doing other things this week)

The mandolin itself is as beautiful and delicate as its player. Lovely.

8:22 AM  
Blogger eni said...

yes, i too love the way her dress seems to be growing out of the ground. and the hair has a lovely feel, and the dress as well
by the way it's scott hiding out as eni his dog

9:16 AM  
Blogger isay said...

thanks for sharing the phases in your illustration. actually,i like phase 1 already. the lines are simple but really emphasized. I am so amazed with how you finished this illustration. the colors really blended well and are not outstaging each other and made the mandolin very visible. i love this a lot carla.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

carla - forgive me if i repeat but i do enjoy this mandolin illo -the stars look 3-d, kewl :)

5:08 PM  
Blogger Patt said...

I love the pictures are a talent and no mistake.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

OOOooh, beautiful, I love the dress and the flowers and the face etc. Everything! :-) Mary :-)

11:24 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Carla, this turned out just beautiful! I have a new appreciation for coloring in photoshop after tonight! Gave this a try from a tutorial a friend gave me and sure didnt get the results you did! I guess this mouse doesnt work for me quite like my paintbrush ;-) Anyway, beautiful work! Brandi

1:20 AM  
Anonymous hartini said...

I love the pattern on her dress! Beautiful! And the musical instrument too... awesome! Your drawings always rock! :)

12:24 PM  
Blogger Tintagua said...

oh, this is so beautiful and sweet and... no words. I love this.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Vonster said...


You really should create a portfolio of specific themes in this style and then approach a licensing company. I really think someone would pick them up.

I love the feel of them and although I am sure your a talented writer and teacher your obviously gifted in this arena as well.


4:01 AM  

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