Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Hog Heaven
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It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared? We’d love to see your projects! Be sure to tag #mftstamps on social media so we can appreciate *your* artistry as well.
Hello everyone, and welcome to June’s Artistic Expression feature. I have a fun piggy card to share with you today!
We’ve already covered how to colour wood so for today’s lesson, I want to focus on what’s going on behind that wooden fence.
So let’s all have a go at colouring a pig’s bum — not something you’ll find in your everyday Copic tutorial! Ha, ha, ha.
I started by mapping out the shadows with the palest colour — E00. I had to remember that the light source for the front image was coming from the right so I needed to swap it to the left when colouring the back of the pig.
With E01 I added extra depth to the shadow areas.
I darkened the area still more with E02, but as you can see, with each addition, I coloured a smaller area.
Before I blended the body, I added a small amount of E11 in areas that would have the darkest shadows cast — under the head on the right and the legs under the pig’s bum.
Then I blended all the layers, first with a touch of E01 and then with E00.
The pigs’ arms were coloured in the same way as the body.
For me, the body colours alone did not create sufficient depth, so I added a small amount of grey using W1, W2, and W3.
The head was approached in the same way as before, starting with E00.
A small amount of E01, over the E00, was added next.
As the pig’s head is round, you need to try and make the circle shape resemble a ball and the addition of E02 assists with that.
Finally, a small amount of E11 was placed on the right-hand side of the head.
The head was then blended in the same way as the body. Can you see that the little piggy is beginning to take shape?
At this point, I took a hard look at the shadow areas and felt that they needed to be intensified under his neck, a smidge down the right-hand side of his leg and under his pudgy little bottom.
His ears are approached in exactly the same manner.
I added darker earth tones to the right-hand side of the ears.
A smidge of E11 and E13 darkened the areas sufficiently before I smoothly blended both ears.
And there we have it, one fully coloured piggy complete with curly tail!
As for the card, the base was created from some Smooth White Card Stock. I used Copic suitable card for the coloured panels with the images stamped in Cement Gray Hybrid Ink. I used Black Licorice Hybrid Ink for the sentiment once I had coloured the inner panel with Copics.
Grass: G40, G12, YG61, YG63, YG67, W3
Gate/Fence: E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, W3, W4
Pig: E00, E01, E02, E11, E13, R21, W1, W2, W3, W8
I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and that you give this a try.
Certainly, the cutest pig’s bum we’ve seen…don’t you agree? We’d love to see your “back sides” as well 😉 so be sure to tag #mftstamps so we can check them out!