Digital Collage: My Girls In Hats Series
I created these using lots of different layers, some are images and patterns in the public domain that have been layered, filtered, distorted, etc. to create a new effect and look.
I drew the face on paper, colored it in with Pan Pastels and then scanned it in. Then I fixed the face so it was the way I wanted it. (I can never draw a symmetrical face, they are always lopsided.) Then I drew the hair, the hat, and clothes. After I was done with those I created the background.
I had lots of fun working on this series. I love drawing faces and creating clothes, its like dressing up barbie dolls when I was little.
(Image is copyright 2014, Cat Whipple)
I love looking at what other digital collage artists are doing. I came across Eva Brewer on Etsy and just had to mention her work. I love what she is doing with public domain images. At left is one of her pieces of digital collage artwork.
I know I talk a lot about this, but I just have to say again, its so important that we keep all the old images that are now in the public domain, IN the public domain. Right now Disney is trying to change the copyright expiration laws so that their images of Mickey Mouse (and numerous others) don’t fall into the public domain, as they are about to in the next few years. (But I digress..)
Anyway, back to why I like Eva Brewer’s digital collage artwork. I love how a lot of her stuff is mixing old digital collage images together to come up with very unique images. I see a lot of digital collage artists who are just putting a couple of pubic domain images together and calling it artwork, but there is more to creating unique artwork then that. And I think Eva Brewer is really good at doing that. I also like her use of grungy backgrounds (one of my favorite thinks to do in Photoshop), and her humorous take on life.
I love this one too, its called Sugar High. It looks like she has over 3,000 reviews and 4,000 sales. So I’m not the only one that thinks her artwork rocks. (I really don’t know how people sell so much stuff on Etsy, they must be really good at marketing their art.)
The other thing I really love about public domain digital collage artwork is that you don’t need to know how to draw to create artwork anymore. I think that is what keeps a lot of people from trying to do artwork. When I was little if you could draw, you were told you were an artist. And everyone else was told they weren’t. What a cruel thing to tell someone. I think we are all artists, we just have different outlets for our creativity. Go see more of Eva’s Work to see what else she does with pubic domain images.