Sunday, October 07, 2007

Chloe The Yellow Lab

Today I have been playing around with Chloe. Her portrait will hang in the nursery to keep her newest human "Baby Quinn" company. If you scroll down you will see the order that I created these 5 proofs in. Click images for more detail.

Soft Painterly style with solid green background in image above. Below I added in a low opacity brick wall with abstract flowers painted on it. The textural grunge quality of the brick wall below gives the piece a very urban feel.

Below I slammed on a posterize filter and increased the hue saturation. I then painted a loose black out-line around the subject and added a red tennis ball so that Chloe's stash of hoarded toys would be larger. The filter and black lines serve to flatten the piece a bit making it more graphic and stylized. This is one of my favorite proofs. I love the color.
Remembering that the client wanted soft subtle color, I desaturated Chloe a bit here and gave her a blue wall.
Below I used a conte sketch filter in blue & yellow then played with the opacity of that layer over the original layers. The effect is cool and would make a great illustration for a magazine.

4 comments:

mare said...

These are lovely!

Abby Creek Art said...

They are all so beautiful in their own way. I can't even pick a favorite! The first one's background looks kind of Rothko. Love it!

Jill Beninato said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques with us...I really like the layered feel of this piece.

Kathy Weller said...

Love them!!
The last one reminds me of old Toile patterns!! Really nice, inventive!!

Thank you Rebecca for explaining your processes and further working to validate 'digital' art. It's just another tool, like paint and pens. :)