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!