Saturday, November 15, 2008

INSIDE THE ARTIST'S STUDIO
Welcome to my humble hole-in-the-wall! My Happy Place, I call it. The place where I spend most of my days, so it's a good thing it's above the garage of my home.

Besides the hurricane-like mess, you'll always find my studio-mates, Dillon......

...and Gus.

I get a lot of questions about my style, that I affectionately call "cut-paper-mixed-media." Which means it's basically cut paper, but with a little bit of everything else mixed in. While I was working on THE BUNNY BALL, I took some process shots for a school presentation, so I thought I would go ahead post those now as a basic "How in the heck does she do that?" entry.
PENCIL FIRST
Everything starts with lots of pencil sketches ...which result in the final pencil layout that (hopefully) the client approves. That approved layout then becomes my "pattern" for the cut paper.

COLOR TISSUE
Yep, I still do it the old fashioned way---throw a piece of tissue over the pencil layout and quickly block out colors with markers.

PAPER SELECTION
I have two standing flat files filled with handmade and colored papers that I choose from.

CUSTOMIZED COLOR
I often create my own colors and textures using paint, brushes, rollers, rubber stamps, texturizing tools...whatever it takes to achieve the effect I need!

CUTTING BASIC SHAPES
I go through Exacto #11 blades like hot dogs at a baseball park! EVERYthing gets cut out of different colors and textures of paper.....

AND ASSEMBLED
First the small pieces are glued together with a very fine rubber cream glue that is painted on.
The larger pieces are then assembled on the background using Sprayment. I have a special hooded spray booth in my studio that keeps the sticky overspray and fumes from gumming up everything in my office (and my lungs!) !

DETAILING
Once everything is glued down and excess glue removed, I go in with colored pencils, pastels and paint for the fine details, faces, shadowing and highlighting.

VOILA!
The finished piece! ".....a billions bunnies bouncing in a field...." Actually there are only 54....or is it 55? I lost count.......

4 comments:

Cindy DiBlasi said...

I really enjoyed the tour of your studio and seeing your method of creating your paper cut-outs. Nice job!

e said...

Holy bunnies Liz - I am amazed by your creativity and patience!
:)
e

Edrian Thomidis said...

OMG! I feel for your hands with all that cutting! It's all worth it tough! Your style is very unique and charming!

cata said...

Wow!!! Thank you indeed for sharing your wonderful technique!
Is really amazing!
Love your style and your dog!
Regards from Tuscany,
Cata