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Yet more fun with drafting film! I had no luck double-layering the stuff–lost a lot of detail and I couldn’t get the pages to lay as flat as I liked—so I went back to one layer of film over a print.

This is honestly the perfect way for me to work—I figure out all the problem spots digitally in painter, lay down big blocks of color and some rough sketchy lines, then I can work over top of it and do the delicate texture-y bits with colored pencil. The way this will take white linework makes me unbearably happy. And the frosting gives it a soft focus quality in the background that I rather like, too. Like slathering Vaseline on the lens to make the trees sexier.

I want to be clear that that sentence totally made sense in my head.

8 x 10, colored pencil on drafting film. This one is going to the gallery show. I have a mat lying around with rounded corners, and when I grabbed it, I loved what the rounding did so damn much that I went back and did a “framed” version of the image. I don’t know what it is, it makes it all…illustrationy.*

For my next trick, I may try doing one in sepia-tone. Pray for me!

Prints available here: www.redwombatstudio.com/wpg2?g...


*A high school teacher once told me I was a brilliant wordsmith. Clearly she didn’t have to live with me.
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freefall127 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
i actually look at every one of your paintings because of the descriptions, you are really quite the writer.  i like this latest batch of images too. 
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BelPetr Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
cool
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SlenderCupcake Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love frogs. So two words.
Simple. Adorable.
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RiteSide13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This makes me so very happy. :)
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sad-roses Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I love your sentences.
And words.
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darzoni Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Favorited so I can find it later and buy a print for my mom's Christmas gift.
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sealgirl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Oh, I like this very much!
 My Grandfather was a land surveyor/map maker, so he always had rolls of drafting film.
I remember the joy of using my coloured pencils on the small scraps that he would give me.
 Just lovely Ursula! ^_^
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Ozou Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh hahaha it's funny but so cute smile. 
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nick121235 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's adorable haha
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AngeliqueBestow1118 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
done very well! 
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
ehhh cute face :D
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I love how the tree is growing on him.
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hoppytoad79 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
This is gorgeous.
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RainComa Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice! always a joy to see your art!
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dragonladych Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This stuff drives me nuts (the drafting paper) I use it for transfers, I tried drawing on it but wasn't happy with it. Now the layering... the might work for some specific projects. Interesting idea.
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OctilleryInkjet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Very very clean and neat, yet super duper detailed. Awesome.
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brijome Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wonderful Frog!
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kGoggles Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   General Artist
I love this!! It's so neat I thought it was digital and the sense of depth is great! I've never heard of drafting film before..now I definitely want to try some. Thanks for sharing your process!
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iceforger1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Again with the things I now have to try. Aiiiigh! Awesome toad by the way. 
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BadFox016 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Froggy ;U;
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icenectar Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   General Artist
That looks like a very content frog...
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Color-Gal Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
 Oh my gosh, this is adorable! I love the pencil shading you did for this one, I really do! The frog looks so content, and happy, nice job! :thumbsup:
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Fantastic! Oh soft focus, you are great.  I mean if it worked for Star Trek, it can work for trees.
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ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, I love your mark-making. It's so subtle, yet it gives such volume! Where do you get drafting film? I've never heard of it before, but it sounds like fun to use!

Oh goodness, I can only imagine what you could do with sepia... I look forward to it!
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ursulav Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Internet! The big rolls are called Herculene--good surface, rolls a pain to work with. Pads are Dura-lar, pretty good surface, easier to handle. Not too expensive, and you can get 'em off Amazon.
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ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat! I'll have to check them out sometime :) Thanks!
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