Clara Bow And The Bird

Digital Collage Clara Bow

Clara Bow and the Bird web 247x300 Clara Bow And The Bird One of my newest pieces of digital artwork is based around a vintage photograph of Clara Bow. I love her face, she has some many expressions. I am sure many of them were for movie stills, but they are very cool, as some a pretty hilarious.

I found this great photo of Clara Bow and wanted to use it in a collage piece. My artwork usually starts with just an image that inspires me. I never know what it’s going to look like when it’s done. And I always like finding some words to go with it, but I never know what those words will be either – until its done.

The background is a collage (all digital) of about 20 different layers of images, filters, and brush effects. The bird is a vintage image from the late 1800s book illustration on birds. I love combining lots of different design colors and shapes, and trying out different filters and settings to see what happens when 2 or more images are combined. It’s so magical. I am addicted to Photoshop.

The image was black and white so I added a bit of pink skin color, make up, hair color, and colorized the dress and cape. I also found a flower that I thought would fit nicely with her hair. The flowers on the left are also from a vintage illustration. I darkened down the edges of the image to put more emphasis on her, the bird and the flowers. I like the way it all turned out.

(Image is copyright Cat Whipple 2014)


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