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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Made with actual paper!!

Mantis collage for Illustration Friday




I originally set up this blog as a place to post pictures of my old artwork. But over the last several months, I have had this growing desire to create new artwork as well, thanks in part to Illustration Friday.

Getting my own computer and "digital art supplies" last summer was the realization of a dream for me. I have had lots of fun with it and learned a lot. But I have been finding it's not enough. I want to make art in the real world, like I used to. Art I can hold in my hands. Art that makes a mess. Part of the problem with this is that I don't really have a good place to work. I also fear that my talents have been lost to time and lack of use. But that hasn't stopped me from slowly accumulating some new art supplies, even if I haven't really used them much...yet.

I knew when I saw INSECT as the Illustration Friday theme, that I would want to make something special. Something real. After leisurely consideration, I decided that I would make a magazine-scrap collage. The last time I did one of those was about 30 years ago, (and I posted it for last week's IF theme, Tea.)

I ripped out a bunch of magazine pages to use. I let my idea simmer in my head as I did my Friday housework, and yesterday I was busy doing other things, but my idea was becoming clearer in my mind. Finally, last night after dinner, I cleared off the kitchen table and went to work.
The result is the mantis above.

The only thing is I couldn't really figure out what kind of background he should have had, if any. But I am still really happy with the way he turned out. Nice to know I've still got it.


A fine mess. Paper scraps, plastic mantis for reference, and....Black Cohosh?
Caution, creative and menopausal woman at work!

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful! It has a great spontaneity.

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  2. It's really great, one of my favorites so far!

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  3. i love him! reminds me of eric carle's caterpillar.

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  4. I love working in cut paper. It's wonderful to have all the pieces together make something so real! Your mantis is gorgeous!

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  5. Your praying mantis looks so real. Great work. I also like to get my hands dirty working on art!

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  6. well done job! beautiful!

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  7. Holy Moly! That's amazing!
    love

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  8. WOW! This is very "Eric Carle". Nice work! Splendid colors and use of materials.

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  9. I love this and the way you did it, a lot of work in cutting I guess. Great work !

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  10. How gorgeous is this! A lot of work pays off beautifully!

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  11. Unbelievable...that is so beautiful! And I usually don't like grasshoppers! :)

    I bet you could create beautiful work if you print out your digital art & alter them (collage them, paint, tint, etc). This will help you get messy while still working on your digital stuff :)

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  12. OOPS..that's not a grasshopper, it's a praying mantis, right? sorry! It's still beautiful:)

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  13. This is wonderful. It looks like you have a great time doing it. One of my favs for insect so far.

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  14. Really cool, original and so fun! He looks as though he's ready to speak - what personality!

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  15. This is impressive. I don't think you have to worry about whether you've lost it or not. I am thinking you've still got it.

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  16. This is absolutely wonderful! You chose such great pieces to create the ciollage - the colors are perfect. This turned out so well, and it looks like you really enjoyed the process. I like the idea of getting a concept and then thinking about it while you go about doing things. It's amazing how that pondering and visualization can help so much when you finally sit down to create. Brava - I'm impressed with theis:>

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  17. Woah my!THIS RULES!!!! Mad props to you monopausal art woman (heh heh)!

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  18. your mantis is great!, is the queen :) I love your illo.

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  19. Very nicely done, indeed. Yes, you "still got it."

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  20. hi little fellow, don't be shy! lovely mantis

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  21. Fantastic picture! And thanks for your nice comment in my guestbook.

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  22. i totally love this, it is wonderful! the color combinations are beautiful and make sense to the piece, you should be very proud.

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  23. This is divine! Make sure you use good quality, non-fading papers, because this kind of work should be framed and kept for years to come. A really beautiful, classic
    piece - well-observed and made, and looking alive, which is brilliant!

    There's still nothing like making with your own hands - drawing, cutting, gluing. I did a partly collage paper piece for a small folio project recently and it was messy... and fun! The computer eyestrain thing gets annoying, particularly at night.

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  24. Wow! This is wonderful...and I like your two teas, too. :)

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  25. I love your mantis, the detail you get from pieces of magazine paper are amazing! Thanks for checking out my stuff too!

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  26. Cindy! This mantis is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!!!
    I just fell in love with it, what a cool technique :-)
    Digital art is fun, but it does not compare to actually getting down and dirty and doing stuff by hand...great work! Congratulations.
    Oh, and thanks for visiting my blog, your comments were inmensly appreciated :-)

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  27. Hi Cindy,
    Am astounded what you have achieved by cutting and gluing. I thought I was looking at a drawing or water-colour painting until I read what you had done to achieve the result.

    Astonishing talent you have, phenomenally stunning result. Changes the whole concept of paper and scissors when used by a gifted Person like your self.

    Good wishes to you Cindy, from Magda(Australia)

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