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It was a Hoot!

The New Year has come and I had a great start to the year! After a night of family fireworks and then a pirate party to bring in 2012, I spent the first day of the year at the Beach…

First day of the Year! 2012

Inspired by the colours of the fireworks and the desire to create some texture in my illustrations, I have experimented with some collage.

Getting creative.....

Using a colourful magazine that I had lying around, I cut into it to triangle pieces. I used these to create a feathered texture overlayed over the top of a gouached cardboard background. I really liked using the cardboard as it is not only a recycled material, but it gives a totally different feel to the work than watercolour paper does.

Once I had photographed the work, in Photoshop I digitally smoothed out the layers using the ‘paint daubs’ filter.

It really was a hoot….

It was a Hoot