Spikey – in orange!

Introducing another new face in my collection of pretty ladies… Meet Spikey and today, for Theme Thursday, she is resplendent in orange! The original is a sketch that I later painted (last night, actually),  in shades of red. So, today I got to practise in Photoshop, with hues and brushes and I really like how she turned out! Thank you Theme Thursday for pushing my envelope!

I like the magic of the changes of colours when I play around In Photoshop – it’s either dramatic or subtle. Most of the time I overdo things, but I am trying to get better at subtle/soft…

Here are a couple of “before” pics:

 

I hope that seeing what I have been doing for the past 3 – 6 months has encouraged you to re-use your images, drawings, sketches, etc. in new ways. I have learnt some really useful skills thanks to people like Tam @ Willowing, who inspired me to get Whimsical; Strathmore artists – Pam Carriker and Linda Blinn have now given us 2 free workshops with more techniques and advice; Tammy from Daisy Yellow is a constant source of inspiration and ideas; Traci Bunkers shares her world of handcarved stamps and art journalling; and not forgetting Julie FFB, who started me believing that I could AJED (Art Journal Every Day)!

 There’s a lot out there and it’s amazing to me that I am finally discovering my own style. I like my processes and my ‘madness’ or ‘weirdosity’ because, in all honesty, it’s who I am… Interestingly enough, the fact that I have had to use what I have all the time, every day, and haven’t bought any new art supplies for ages, has, I think, helped in my development. (But don’t tell Nick, okay?!)

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  1. Billie

     /  March 24, 2011

    Isn’t it amazing, when we use a talent, it grows… If you leave the mess laying to gather dust, your brain becomes cobwebs. Hence the term. Use it, or loose it. Keep using it..A garden tended, brings forth beautiful blossoms..
    Love your Spikey and I need to strech myself and get brave with my computer.. Thank you for sharing. Billie

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    • You are indeed a wise (old) bird Miz Billie!! 😉

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      • Billie

         /  March 24, 2011

        Thanks,, old fits. wise, not really. but thanks

    • You have the wisdom of an approaching birthday… which puts you nearer to me in age!! That wisdom comes with age – you can’t avoid it Billie!! And age is merely a number in double digits!! 😉

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  2. A spikey symphony in orange, Rosie! It is such fun watching your art evolve. You go girl!

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  3. K Hutchinson

     /  March 24, 2011

    Rosie it has been amazing to see you grow into your own style! These pretty ladies ROCK! I think for me part of it is just being brave and trying it! You so inspire me 🙂

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  4. I can’t tell you how much I love this! She’s beautiful in all of her stages, and the finished product is full of interest and depth! XOXO

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    • See, you always say just the right thing! You’ve always got my back and you always know where I am in my journeys and to you I owe so much of this development-thingy! xoxoxo

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  5. Rose, Orange is such an amazing color, and your lovely girl bursts with happiness + sparkles. Lovely work!

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  6. Rosie, this is fabulous, your faces are great. Love the colours on this one.

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  7. Wow, Rosie, it’s fantastic

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  8. annie

     /  March 24, 2011

    This is super. Love seeing your lovely ladies 🙂

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  9. There is so much inspiration out there but it is indeed a treat when you find something that is unique to you. I love your “mad”, “quirky” chickies, Rosie !
    Cheers !

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  10. A beautiful lady, great painting.

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  11. She is *gorgeous*!!

    I love your style, Rosie. ❤

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  12. She’s a knockout!! Wonderful job with the colors, and the face is awesome!!

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  13. I like your orange spikey the best. You inspired me to try and draw and/or copy an image too (I hope to pick it up soon – but as of next week my time will be limited again. I put in on my ‘I want to try’ list though!!!)

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  14. I love her! She’s so adorable. Orange seems to be her color, too!

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  15. What an amazing piece of art she is fantastic. as for photoshop have the utmost admiration for people who use it wish I knew how to !

    Marie

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  16. not over done for me Rosie…wow I love what you have done it’s amazing love her in the pink too.

    Chriss x

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  17. Spikey is gorgeous! I love your artwork, Rosie. It is always full of scrumptious surprises and it is oh so good.

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  18. wow – this is really beautiful!

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