Wednesday, March 4, 2015

4: A Little Street after a Rain


I took this photo when we were in the Village St. Paul in Paris and it had just poured so the cobblestones area all wet and have awesome reflections. I put filter on this photo to enhance some of my colors and make the colors pop against the building's wall. Then I was messing around with the black and white filter and I put this one on which also added some more contrast which I love the look of.  I couldn't decide which photo I liked better so I included both because they both give the photo a really cool effect. As I am writing this I am realizing how much I like that colored one with all its reflections and now I think I might actually draw that one later on in Prismacolors. If I do then I will replace these with another photo and post the drawn version. There is just so much variation of colors in the image, in the cobblestones there are the tans and yellows of the buildings as well as blues and shades of green from the sky (even though with this filter, the sky has a yellow and pink tinge.

3: Graffiti Sign

For this image, I chose to keep it as photography because I love this photo and all the colors and lighting but I thought some of that and the detail might be lost if I were to try and do it in colored pencil.  I really like this because we see graffiti and stickers on stuff everywhere but you would never really expect to see it in Paris.  We know every city has it but some have less and/ or you don't really ever see it. This was a sign in the heart of Paris and while it is covered in stickers, it still has a sense of beauty to it when combined with certain lighting and its surroundings. One of my favorite parts of this picture is the pole: it may just look black but in between the grains of black and gray there are bursts of coral, yellow, orange, reds, and evens greens. I love when I capture something that doesn't actually have all these crazy colors but at the same time, it does.

5: Le Petit Machon

For this project, I finally did another Prismacolor drawing and I am so glad I did! While it took several hours each day for more than a week it was well worth it because I love how it turned out. I started with a picture of this restaurant sign from Paris and did a light outline in graphite on a cream colored paper. I am glad I chose this color paper because it really allowed me to capture the colors in the buildings and in the wall, rather than trying to get the right color, I was able to just add to the background color and focus on the texture. I did the sign first and loved how sharp the black edges turned out. The building in the back was really hard and time consuming because of the weird shapes at the top of the columns and all the shadows. I was kind of worried about how the front building would turn out but I am so happy with how it looks, LOVE IT!! I have always loved reflections and I love these ones in the windows. I also love the pop of coral at the bottom because I think it really completes both the image and my drawing.