June 9th, 2011
Roseart colored pencils on drawing paper
edited in GIMPA nightingale in a golden cage
That's me locked inside reality's maze
Come someone, make my heavy heart light
Come undone, bring me back to life...
Still on a Nightwish kick...this one is "Escapist", a bonus track on the album "Dark Passion Play". You can listen to it here: [link]
Yes, I'm aware that the text positioning is deplorable. I need to read some tutorials on how to fix that, because I thought I would try different styles of font in GIMP before doing the hand lettering on the finished piece. I kind of like this font because it's vaguely Gothic but still legible.
But yay, everything is (mostly) symmetrical! Hooray for tracing paper!
Usually I don't use tracing paper to draw my symmetrical stuff (and I did draw the birdcage freehand) but I wanted the roses to all be the same size. I also used the tracing paper to draw some old-school sparrows/swallows, but they looked retarded and I changed the composition a little and erased them
To make this look like old-school tattoo flash, I took my usual parchment texture and adjusted the brightness and contrast in GIMP (added brightness, subtracted contrast). Then over it I added one layer of my scanned drawing and set it to Multiply at about 60%. Then I duplicated that layer and set the new layer to Soft Light at about 40%. I slapped on some text and done.
Expect more of these roses--I loved coloring them, especially the blue ones!
Parchment texture is here:[link]
The font is Bradley Gratis: [link]
Lineart for this is here: [link]This is who I am
Escapist, Paradise Seeker
Fare thee well, now time to fly
Out of sight, out of time
Away from all lies...
Comments and constructive critiques are welcome!