It is week 5 of the Summer of Color challenges - sadly, only one more week to go - this week's color combo is CANDY APPLE RED and YELLOW.
I went for a Roy Lichtenstein comic book sort of approach to this girl - and I think she turned out pretty good although I had my struggles along the way!
Fans of Lichtenstein would be aware of his use of dots for the skintones in most of his paintings.
Ben-Day dots are a technique (Named after Benjamin Day but since we are so "close" we can just call him Ben) dating from 1879 that give comic books their distinctive look - I call it retro printing.
I read that Lichtenstein first made his dots with a dog brush dipped in paint and would fill in the splotchy areas by hand. He eventually moved to using metal screens. Roy worked really hard to make his handpainted work look mass produced.
I was afraid to attempt the dots - You can call me chicken but I was having serious marker issues. . . it wasn't quite dry when my hand tracked marker all over her face and hair - YIKES!!
Once I got that issue resolved I wasn't about to mess with her again. I'll let the dots on the Washi tape symbolically represent the face dots. The marker took forever to apply. It is such a pleasing graphic look although I won't be attempting it again anytime soon. Are you a fan of Roy Lichtenstein?
Linking to Paint Party Friday,