May 19, 2015

Little Red in the woods

'Little Red in the woods' 
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This week's Creative Tuesdays' theme is 'fairy tale tree.' This piece is half based on 'Little Riding Hood.' I don't remember the tale but I do remember it involves the woods.  The colorful things surrounding the girl and the trees represent flowers & plants or maybe they are just colorful plants that only existed in this drawing. The dots are actually Photoshop brushes that I changed sizes and colors and sort of fake paint them over each other. Click on 'closeup 2' to see them better. The original line drawing is here.

Note: I've turned off the Lightbox feature for the images. This way, you can see the images in their larger size when you click on them.

27 comments:

  1. Wow this is so lovely Lissa, I can tell you had fun with this one!

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    1. I did! I think I went a little mad with the photoshop brush because before there was not that many flowers in the first version. but maybe it looks overcrowded? though not to me.

      thanks for stopping by. have a lovely day.

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  2. Amazing finish, really colourful and vivid I must say!

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    1. thanks! I trend to use far too many colors sometimes but I think this works well.

      thanks for stopping, have a lovely day.

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  3. this is so sweet and lovely, so detailled. <3

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    1. thanks. though I think I need some textures for the trees but for now, I like it.

      have a lovely day.

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  4. Liisa, you have really captured Red Riding Hood and the fantasy theme. It's stunning! Thank you for sharing how you used Photoshop and for including the close-ups. :-)

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    1. red riding hood isn't one of my favorite tale but I do like that she wears red, that's about it.

      thanks for dropping by, have a lovely day.

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    2. You are far too hard on yourself. I only wish I knew how to use Photoshop. The entire piece with the light streaming down is like I said, "stunning", Liisa. :-)

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  5. Lissa, what a delightfully imaginative piece and, yes, very fairy tale like for sure! I always love your details as you so well evidence here with your cropped sections like with the one depicting little animals buried within the trees. Your colour too is perfect and those rays of light make it feel almost heavenly, definitely magical. Wonderful. The flowers look like sugared candies almost too.

    Now, it's so funny you chose these kind of trees with that bark as I actually had a visual reference picture I was thinking of using for inspiration that shows these trees--but with red stripes. So amazing, aren't they?

    I really like too what you wrote to Linda. thank you. Good input. ...as always. You rock!

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    1. I actually seen those type of trees a while back when I was researching trees and thought about it when I was trying to think of how the trees should look.

      the flowers like sugar candies sounds like fun, they are my favorite thought I think I add too much of it but I sort of like it.

      hope you have a lovely day.

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  6. Lissa,
    This is outstanding. I kept going back to look at the way you made the light come in through the trees. How did you do that? I love your detail, and the girl is lovely.
    Well done.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. actually, the lights are not coming through the trees, more like over the trees. this is done digitally using adobe photoshop and using layers. an example would be like two pieces of tracing papers with one over the other so the lower layer can be seen through. I'm not quite sure how to explain, if you use photoshop, you would understand it better. sorry I could not be more detail about this.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  7. Oh wow, I cannot even tell you how much I love this! All the details! The animals are so perfect. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great day!

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    1. the animals or creatures as I like to call them are favorite but I think I should have been a little more creative because they look so ordinary but I guess if I ever do a revision, I might do just that.

      hope you have a lovely day.

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  8. Lissa, you continue to outdo yourself. What a brilliant, magical piece you have here. LOVE the pattern in the tree trunk...adore the various animals all tucked up into the tree as well. LOVE the colors of leaves all over on the ground. Wonderful work. :)

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    1. yes, I guess you can call those colorful dots leaves as well as flowers and plants. actually I like them a lot more then the whole of the piece.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  9. I just love the light shadows flowing through your painting, it makes it feel that the wood is a very happy and harmonious place rather than a dark one as usually depicted. I am so glad to expanded on all those little animals, they are just magical. Gorgeous painting, as always!

    Thank you for your kind words on my page, I truly appreciated them.

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    1. I did want this piece to be a happy one & so there's the bright colors and the lights. this was originally planned to be a night scene but I decided a day scene would be even better but I'm still working on the night version as I think it will still work. who knows, maybe for the night version, I'll turn her into a wolf. you know there is only one wolf in this piece and he's purple and sleeping and doesn't quite look like a wolf.

      thanks for your visit, hope you have a lovely day.

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  10. This is so lovely. Beautiful sun rays coming through the trees. There's very harmonious atmosphere. You don't necessarily notice all the little creatures in the trees at first glance but it's create to look for all the details and find new things every time.

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    1. that is my initial idea about the creatures, I want the girl to be seen first and then the trees and then the creatures, I like art that somewhat have surprises that you don't immediately notices.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  11. such a wonderful Little Red piece! Your characters feel so friendly to me and charming each in their own way. wonderful use of color too, unique and inviting. magical and inviting.

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    1. thank you for your kind words. I do like to make happy pieces as I'm not one to do dark pieces but I guess it sometimes depends on the piece, like this one calls for something happy.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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  12. I love her cape most of all, just perfect! :-)

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    1. so do I, originally it was going to be all red but I though she would blend into the background too easier and so decided on the white with the red on the other side.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  13. Stunning. Love the reddish hair and the deep red lining on the white cape.

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    1. I've always like the idea of redheads, not being a redhead myself but I've always like them.

      thanks for reading, have a lovely day.

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