Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ardelia

I've got to get these posted even though I'm not finished! But that means when I do get finished you'll be able to enjoy them again. LOL I colored these images for the Good vs Bad challenge at Make it Colourful and even though it's over, it's still a great experiment and so much fun for the creative soul - honest!


The image I used is Ardelia from Make it Crafty and I printed her out rather large, about 4.5"x5.5" or something like that. All I remember is it was too large to fit on the small standard size cards and too much of an awkward shape for a regular 6x6" card. What to do? Alas... I have been given some suggestions and will ponder some more.


Here's a side by side comparison of the good Ardelia and the evil Ardelia. :D Some tricks I used to convey both sides comes down to color, face makeup and background. For the good side I've left a clean white background, gave her spring colors for her clothes and fun reddish hair with freckles. Then for the darker side I used deep blood red, black hair and lots of Gothic-style makeup. Then I started having some fun... I added some piercing studs to her eyebrow and rings to her lips and ear; the dress I pulled down into some blood droplets and added lots of streaks and splatters in the background.


One thing I wanted to do was give them bright deep eyes so I used brighter colors and reduced the highlights down in size. With the good and the bad done I started thinking about the spaghetti Western movie called "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" so someone dared me to color the Ugly version. Are you ready?....


I kept with the same techniques as before but for the Ugly version I went with a dirty background, muddled colors and greenish skin with warts. And with that worked out, I also started to have fun and added decaying buck teeth, upturned pig's snout, messy strands of hair witha bit of green, and took away all the highlights in her eyes and made them a little bloodshot.


My sister says she's hard to look at so I take that as a complement! LOL After coloring this image three times I realize there were a few shadows I had forgotten here and there so I'll be going back and touching up the portraits. Then once I figure out what to do with them I'll post the finished projects. :D Hope you've enjoyed!!

I've added this project to this Monday's linking party #85 at Make it Monday. :D

31 comments:

  1. WOW! WOWOWOW! Barbara I am so lost for your words! Your colouring is just beyond AMAZING! WOW! I'm not sure if I would do anything with them...they are artworks and just so perfect how they are. You have done just THE most amazing job. stunning!

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  2. You are something else girl! LOL The good and bad are just indescribably amazing, but that Ugly, LOL now that takes the cake. I think I'll be coming back to this post a few times just to study coloring techniques. You rock!

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  3. Wow! Amazing coloring.

    Hugs,
    Kate

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  4. These are all fabulous Barbara! The first two are like night and day, both gorgeously colored. And the other one is so sick, it's awesome!! You truly have a gift for imagination. Gr8 job!!
    ;)

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  5. That's just some absolutely impressive coloring! I agree with Leanne...your imagination is amazing

    Shelby

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  6. I could spend hours here, Barbara, oh, why do I have to work today?
    This is out of this world, there are no words to describe your work!
    Hugs, Alina

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  7. OMG, your colouring is fantastic and I love to see how you interpret an image in different way! I stumbled onto your blog yesterday and have been amazed since. I'm a new follower. Hugs, Brigitte

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  8. OMG, you sure had fun with these! Your colouring is amazing, and the changes you made to the ugly.....fantastic! Such talent.
    Joyce xx

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  9. OMIGOSH!!!! I'm gobsmacked!! I am in total awe of the "ugly" transformation.. it's really hard to believe it's the same stamp. Barbara, you're amazing! Seriously. I would mat and frame these and sell as a set.. they're totally FABULOUS!!!!!

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  10. I am going to say this again..AWESOME..... I still cannot believe how you changed this image so much. It is such a good teaching tool. It really shows off your talent and rightfully so..... I just love them all. I laugh so hard each time I look at the Ugly's teeth, nose and warts and I love the blood droplets on the bad and the makeup running down her face and of course the good is just your usual work. I love how you added the freckles though....I just love love love them all..............

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  11. I am going to say this again..AWESOME..... I still cannot believe how you changed this image so much. It is such a good teaching tool. It really shows off your talent and rightfully so..... I just love them all. I laugh so hard each time I look at the Ugly's teeth, nose and warts and I love the blood droplets on the bad and the makeup running down her face and of course the good is just your usual work. I love how you added the freckles though....I just love love love them all..............

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  12. Saw these on FB, Barbara, but just had to say again how amazing your coloring of all three is! Ugly is a little scary - lol!

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    1. WOW, your coloring is absolutely amazing, wow again, they are all gorjuss, yeah even the ugly one too, stunningly done, cannot wait for the finished product!!
      lotsa luv

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  13. Oh my goodness these are fabulous! I saw your card on Make it Monday and I love what you have created.

    Hugs
    Linda Simpson

    http://lindasimpsoncraftypieceofheaven.blogspot.com

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  14. these are just amazing, awesome colouring x

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  15. Your coloring is amazing wow, I hope to be that good one day! You are so talented.

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  17. Just awesome colouring on the three versions of that fabulous image!

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  18. Saw this on MIM and am I glad I stopped by!! Completely awesome colouring, just blown away!

    Claire xxx

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  19. OMG...it's beautiful, naughty AND repulsive...freakin' AWESOME! I hate to be redundant since every descriptive word I could choose has already been stated in the previous comments, but can I just say...."I'm not worthy!!" I stand in awe of your gifted and talented brain and hands.
    I apologize for the pile of drool I may have left here, it goes without saying that your work enduces a trance like affect on me.

    Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
    Lisa xx

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  20. Barbara, it always amazes me what you can do with a marker! WOW. Saw this post on MIM.
    Hugs;
    Shari

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  21. ACK! You are my coloring hero! These images are amazing!!! The Gothic version is insane!!! But, that Ugly version is just too much! I LOVE it! I must try my hand at this technique of transforming an image with Copics. Beautifully done.

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  22. LOL I don't even know what to say Barbara. Your "warped" versions of these characters look TOO real! I guess what that translates to is that you do amazing work when you transform them! But they are indeed hard to look at LOL! I'm also talking about your alien Tilda too ha!

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  23. Your beautiful project caught my eye on MIM ;). Fantastic colouring, lovely bright colours!! Hugs, Asia xx

    Ps. Please come and join my 2nd Blogaversary candy ;-). Hope to see you there and good luck!

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  24. oh wow, that ugly one is amazing!!!!

    I saw you at MIM!!!! I am #189

    -- dalis

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  25. Hi Barbara,
    I saw you're images on MIM. They look absolutely fab! Wow what a great coloring!! Love the image too, especially your diverse dimensions of her. Looks great! Thx for the inspiration!!

    Hugs Annika

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  26. Congrats on making my pick of the week! Superb sweetie - totally superb!!xx

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  27. Oops a link would help wouldn't it?! Hehehe...
    http://kraftykarens.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/friendship-warms-heart.html

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  28. wow, you made ugly beautiful! saw you on MIM

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  29. I've been scrolling through your blog and have seen so many posts that i don't remember popping up in Reader. I'm disturbed to have missed all this awesomeness!

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