Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Amazing Miss M

This portrait is of Bette Middler and as I am a fan of hers, I looked forward to creating it. Bette and Liza Minelli are going to live on the "Diva Wall" of Jo Cochrane, whose portrait gave me my first art award.

Jo is a very talented singer, and I would highly recommend going to her Reverbnation site and listening to her singing the blues.

Here is a close-up of Bette's lovely curly hair. There as 8 layers in her hair and face.

I am finding that with adult faces I can use the black canvas as part of the shadows, building around that with the coloured cardstock.

I have been amazed at the colours and tones in a face - I just wish my camera could reflect them a little more accurately!

Liza Minelli

This was quite a simple cut, with only 6 layers on the face. I usually use a matte seal over the work to protect it from dust and dirty fingers, but black does not respond well and goes a touch flat- so I have found an excellent acrylic craft satin, which worked perfectly.

It is going to Jo for her Diva's Wall too.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Robbie Williams - up close and personal!

Robbie Williams up close and personal for my sister Alyson - a very late birthday present made with love. He's a bit wicked looking this one - I wouldn't recommend she put him in a dark corner.
I really enjoyed cutting this face. Lots of fine details and I love watching the face form as the layers build. Very often you can see who the person is after only a couple of layers.

This close-up shows the fine details around the eyes. I even cut lashes that were as thick as a needle. The overall picture measures 30xm x 30cm (12" x 12") so the lashes were real-life size. I almost didn't worry, but the eyes weren't finished without them. Glad I made the effort.

Aly won't see these portraits however, until after Cowra Show in early September. Sorry petal!

Robbie Williams #2

I have been busy with legal thingies for the last 6 weeks and haven't posted, but I have cut 4 portraits! I am a night person and find myself working away until 4 or 5 in the morning, for which I suffer the next day.

But the phone doesn't ring, everyone is asleep and my time is completely my own - so I cut and glue and play until my hands hurt - or until my husband gets up for work!

Anyway - my sister Alyson wants Robbie Williams to come and live with her. There is a good chance it won't happen so, she gets 2 paper Robbies.

It's not that I am hugely generous - I just love cutting these faces and I want to build up my portfolio.