Friday, October 26, 2012

Alt Girl Collage and a Peek into My Process

Hey Everyone, Happy Friday!

I was thinking you all might like to hear a little bit about how my collages come to be. Usually I start with an idea but sometimes I'll be flipping through catalog or magazine and I'll fall in love with an image.

Like this one from the Nordstrom catalog:

If it's a size I really like, I'll make a photo copy in black and white, trace the lines I'm interested in with a thick black Sharpie and then hold the copy and my patterned paper up to the window and trace out the general lines.

If they are different sizes (this is most often the case) then I have to draw out the pieces myself and trim them until everything fits together how I imagined it.

 it's important to remember that you don't need to use all the elements in a photo, for example, in a crowd shot you might like one person or even one person's dress - that's okay and that is what makes the work uniquely yours.

For this piece I kept the proportions very similar but changed the wardrobe, skipped the bracelets and shirt etc.

How do you like the results? I think it captures the mood and general concept in a brighter, more artistic respresentation.

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Kim said...

Thank you for the peek inside your process. I love your version- it's cleaner and allows your eye to appreciate the whole piece more. I think if you included all the details your background would not be the star that it is. Beautiful work :)

chksngr said...

love this one, Nicole!! As a former musician and sometimes rebel, I ADORE what you did with the image!

Gez said...

Wow! Nicole absolutely fabulous artwork! Great to see how it all came together. You are SO clever.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, enjoy that snow!

Best wishes, Gez xx

Anonymous said...

I love this...and I especially appreciate you sharing the process with helps non artistic types like myself to be inspired...I am going to experiment with this in my art journal. Thanks.

Jane Wetzel said...

Fabulous- thanks for the great inspiration! I will have to try this :)

Mary G. said...

Thanks, Nicole! I'm going to have to TRY this!!! If mine comes out half as good as yours I'll be happy! ;)

Juls said...

ooooh LOVE it !!! Hugs Juls

M. A. R. said...

That was awesome! I love your method. Thanks for sharing it!

Cyxx said...

How cool! I love your artwork. Thanks for the inspiration.

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Many thanks for sharing your process. For those of us who do not see ourselves as "creative" need artists such as yourself to show us "it IS possible for you to do this too. Let me show you how.".

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Love this idea! I did something similar with a Christmas card, but I've never thought of using magazine images like this! Will have to keep it in mind!