Hi Ho friends. I admire people who protest, but it’s not for me. I have a severe aversion to crowds. Today’s protest in Seattle had over 120,000 women. I may be too freaked out by crowds to march, but I still want to show my support and voice my opinion, so I created this gal, who I will call Luci the Virtual Protester.
I used 9″x12″ Canson Marker paper and sketched her in pencil. I colored her with Tombow and Auqa Markers. I tried blending with one of my water brushes. I don’t recommend it on marker paper – it pills the paper rather badly. I switched to my Aqua Marker blender, which worked better, but the paper still pulled in toward the center.
I scanned this gal on my Epson flatbed scanner @ 300 dpi and as a .tiff file. Edited in the GIMP. As I learned from Tam in her digital dreams class, I create new layers for each adjustment and leave the original layer intact. The background was done as digital layers using the air brush tool and different default brushes in blues, greens and purples. I adjusted the size way up to 300. I added a handwriting layer and used the ink brush as the smallest setting. The writing was black – I selected the Overlay layer mode. Overall, this is quite a lighter color palette than I normally use, but I really enjoyed making Luci.
Cropped it down to 4:5 ration so it would print as an 8×10.
The my-body-my-choice-tenukihandcrafts is a pdf file.
In case you’re wondering, that’s what the L stands for.
While Luci is not the first piece of political art I’ve created, she is the first released to the world.
You don’t have to hit the streets to make your voice heard. Be yourself.
Much love to you, my friends.