anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Chair (almost finished)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Illustration Friday - Chair (almost finished)

For Phase 4 of the series below, I decided to make a print of my original and experiment with colors. I colored this with prismacolor markers and did some shading on the skin with faber-castel colored pencils. I think I will just put in a light watercolor wash for the sky and the dress. I don't know if this is actually what I want to do with the original, so I suppose I can just keep printing copies and playing around!


Blogger Alina Chau said...

great to see it in color!! lovely!!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

the added color is outstanding...I always enjoying examining the detail on your work, suprises at every turn! what size pen do use btw?

9:46 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

I love the colored version! The woman is really sexy and elegant at the same time!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I really like the direction you're going with this one. I'd like to see what the sky would look like, especially because I like the water so much. I think you could do a cool sky to compliment that and then do something really soft for the dress.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Drybrush said...

I love your work. It looks art nouveau. I think adding a sky will make it pop more too. Very elegant!

10:02 PM  
Blogger Frizz said...

Really beautiful. I love to see the progression!

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

You are sooo good in design Carla..looking beautiful so far.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Carla try making the sky the same colors as the water only more pale in tone.and as for her dress try intense jewel tones of blue.
I love what you have done so far. you are going to post the finished piece right? I'm looking forward to seeing it.

(BTW I know what you mean about being a teacher. My son is a music teacher and his job most definately doesn't stop at 2:30. It goes into the evening a lot and on weekends)

10:53 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

love the direction you are taking her in Carla! very, very lovely. I love working with prismacolor pencils too!

10:56 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Wonderful! You have mastered those prismacolor markers. Great chair, waves, leaves, and oh, yeah... nice curves in recline.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Natura said...

Love all the details. It's really a exquisite work!

12:51 AM  
Blogger madretz said...

This is stunning! It's obvious that you're truly putting your heart into your art. Lovely.

1:33 AM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

this is so charming! Love the flowers and grass growing beneath he lounger. Everthing is so orderly and in place. Love the splash of bright green leaves.

2:45 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This is really beautiful, Carla! Wonderful details and color.

2:54 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Truly a work of art. Thanks for going through your progress steps

3:21 AM  
Blogger isay said...

so lovely! i love the dress. i love most especailly the detail of the pillow and how you have made the water.

4:31 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love that you are experimenting this way.

The landscape really shows up in this one and I love the way it echoes her body's curves.

7:14 AM  
Blogger bruno côrte said...

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7:20 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

This is so beautiful. I like that it makes me imagine what her facial expression is.

There is so much rich detail. What a treasure!

7:58 AM  
Blogger bee'nme said...

Carla, this is one of my favorites of yours so far - really lyrical and sensuous - and I LOVE the detail in her hair (you should consider showing us a close-up of the detail sometime). Anyway, it's just truly lovely in every way - you my dear are an artist. Funny, this picture makes me want to write poetry...something about repose and recline...


8:44 AM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

The colors really bring this piece to life. Love it.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Jeope said...

I love the colour, and that you're showing this one off in progress. I'm a line-art nut though, and this piece has spectacular lines ... no foolin'. Very very good.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

This must take hours to do! So detailed and brilliant.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Lily and Lucy White said...

Carla,I think what I love the most is a feeling of strain in leisure -- this languidly reclining lady look so composed that is beautiful and powerful. There is energy in rest… I can hear it humming… I can’t decide this time – do I like it color or black and white. Oh, I like them both. Lily.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Brilliant- First this image is captivating. I love the process below and how you eloquently spoke about the odalisque. Your details in most of your work are so powerful to me. The image comes to life and takes a stance of its own. I absolutely love this one- Carla. I cant say this enough- Absolutely Brilliant!

12:33 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Love the hair!!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Seth Russell said...

Very nice Carla, can't wait to see the final version.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Worth waiting for....absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see the final!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Alexiev said...

Love all the details. It's really a exquisite work!

4:34 PM  
Blogger St John Street said...

super designing here your work has such a great feel to it always love that

6:49 PM  
Blogger Julie Olson said...

Nice to see the process. Don't you love the technology which allows to print and reprint the sketches?

7:33 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

The watercolour wash is a good thing to do first, as they can be so unruly! Of course, when you make copies and work on one of those, it may well be perfect, but replicating that success... tricky!

You chose a fine kicking off point for this picture, but you've really done your own thing with it entirely. There she is beautifully longing, er, I mean, lounging on her intricate chaise longe, admiring the distant scenery.

I love the sense of her and the natural world being interconnected, as most clearly displayed in the ripples of her body against the background - the waves of hill, shoulder, hip and hill together - the straight line cutting this background off, challenged by those very sexy wavy lines below (connected all the way through to the Sun shining on her back?).

I almost prefer this incomplete, with the white areas left - very Art Nouveau and lovely. This is a superb composition that carries a lot of meaning all the way through!

1:01 AM  
Blogger Nan said...


10:33 PM  
Blogger cristosova said...

It´s turning out so beautiful! I was just thinking that what is remarkable about your work is that it is taken out of time. There is no pressure of zeitgeist in it, it simply lives in an own frame. Looking at it, I feel I am getting calmer... :)

2:41 AM  
Anonymous Marion said...

Nice colours and original chair!

6:24 AM  
Blogger sofia3r said...

Beautiful lines!

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

This is gorgeous, there are so many details! I love the hair and the way you colored the pillow. A very beautiful odalisque indeed.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Happily Ever After said...

Glad to see a familiar face. I can't believe the amount of growth the IF site has had just in the last few months. That what happens when you make a top 10 list! Love seeing the new artists, miss seeing the old friends. Your words always seem to be what I need to hear, thank you for taking the time to express them!
Your work is always inspiring and this piece is no exception. Kudos-!!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! This is gorgeous--so delicate. I never did one for chair. I Love yours! Mary :-)

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Lovely colors. Love the skin tone.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, really beautiful!

3:55 PM  
Blogger kg said...

this is stunning. i can't wait to see the finished product!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous hartini said...

Oh wow, I am totally taken away with this piece!!! It's so absolutely beautiful!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

The colors turned out fabulous in this piece. I love seeing your artwork from start to finish. It is just neat to see the stages you go through! Brandi

4:00 PM  
Blogger Sybille said...

Hi Carla,

Love this, it's beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished. :-)

Been busy with my jewellery and work. Will try and post more from now on.
Take care,


8:03 PM  
Blogger Sp00kalot said...

Gorgeous!!! As always. You have such a great talent :)

I was giving this topic some thought, and then found myself doing other stuff. Still, an idea sits in me brain so I'll have to do it anyway or it will eat me alive.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

This reminds me of the picture book entitled The Woman Who Outshone the Sun by Alejandro Cruz Martinez and Fernando Olivera! I encourage you to find it and see the similarities between your image and the character of Lucia Zenteno. Nice work, Carla!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Gise said...

Extraordinary, fantastic, love this ilustration. The hair is beautiful, and the concept excellent.

8:59 PM  
Blogger A Little Hut said...

i love the way you showed your process. lovely.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

That is just gorgeous and richly done!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Randell said...

Amazing work, so tranquel!

5:15 PM  

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