Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Sketches - Ode to Klimt's 'The Kiss' Complete!

Update:  Here is the professional scan which should allow you to zoom in on the detail a little more...
Enjoy!

Happy Sunday Morning Everyone!

I worked several long hours on this piece and it is finally finished!  Yeah!
It's often difficult for me to know when to stop embellishing...I could keep adding details forever I think! :-)


I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  I definitely learned A LOT with this piece and I'm really getting comfortable with etching the paper to bring out details, something I have not seen a lot of people do - it's fun to be using a technique that not a lot of people use, since I really have to push
myself to develope my own style.

I have to give a shout out to Rebecca over at Penny Lane Ink for some inspiration with patterning and the medalion on his chest in this piece.  I never leave without being inspired when I visit Rebecca's place!  If you haven't visited her, please take the time and treat yourself!

Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday, and get the chance to visit all of the wonderful artists that participate in the Sunday Sketches group over at dear Sophia's place! 

Big Smiles

Julia

24 comments:

Missy said...

Wow, this is just lovely!

Sophia said...

This is beautiful, Julia. I had to smile and chuckle at your little statement of not knowing when to stop embellishing things. hee hee I do that at times myself. Anyway, very nice work and inspiring how much time and effort you put into your artwork.

Happy SS! :)

WrightStuff said...

This is so beautiful. What exactly do you mean by the etching?

You get better and better with every piece you know.

Joni Nickrent said...

Beautiful work! Love the way the two flow together! POP ART MINIS

Jennibellie said...

This turned out beautiful! I cannot commit myself long enough to make a piece like this, I'm so impatient I go with the flow & have it over and done with in 10 mins which does not yield great results but looking at this beautiful result is giving me cause to think of spending more time on a piece. Thanks so much for sharing (and stopping by my blog to say hi) much love Jennibellie x

Julia Christie said...

Lisa - I use a metal stylus type tool with a ball on either end to etch details into the paper and then apply multiple layers of color over it to bring the details out. The details are left white, or maybe another color if I apply a light color first and then etch that, applying a darker color over the first one.

It's fun and not something I've seen before so it's nice to be doing something unique.

BECKY said...

Julie, this is just beautiful!

EVA said...

It's incredibly beautiful Julia!!

Sounds like an interesting but very time-consuming technique - what wonderful patience you have!

Julia Christie said...

Thanks everyone! Yes it is time-consuming - each piece I do takes somewhere between 20-40 hours depending on the size. Whew!
With my busy life, it can take me a while to find the time to work on each piece.

Julia Guthrie said...

Stunning!! So much detail...I'd enjoy poring over this in real life I think :)
xxx

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Well done ~ definitely a Klimt in your style ~ bravo ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) linked with Sunday Sketches ~

Teri C said...

Wow, beautiful job on this!

MollyGirl said...

wow-- the detail work here is stunning. you've done an amazing job of defining your style. lovely.

Cre8tiveQueen said...

The details are great!!!! She looks so happy! I wanna one of those kisses =)
Happy Sunday!
Nat

Christine said...

wonderful detail and patterns, very romantic!

Jehanne's doodles said...

WOW!!! It is lovely. I just love to look at the details in your work. When I first looked at the sketch a while back I did not fully appreciate the body positions and WOW - it is really fantastic.

Joanne Osband said...

I say WOW, too!!! The embellishment is incredible and really makes the art pop off the page. I am fascinated by your technique.

Heather said...

Gorgeous, really!!!
Such beautiful detail work on this very romantic piece. Excellent. Yes, Rebecca is so very inspiring!
Have a great week! HUGS

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

This is amazing. The details are mind-boggling. You certainly have settled in beautifully to your own unique style.

lissa said...

it's wonderful! love all the details of the patterns and the colors

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

This is so beautiful. I have seen this particular work coming out in a lot of places right now... I love it! It is such a romantic piece.
You did a fabulous job.
Hugs and blessings
Kelly

Diana Evans said...

oh this is such a fantastic piece!!!! I love this Julia!!!! wonderful details!!!

{Libstir} said...

This is really beautiful - thanks for the kind comment over at Trails. Also, thanks for the follow, I think I'll do the same (seeing as we are both Washingtonians;) and I love your unique style, it is very inspiring. Keep at it.

Flara said...

you have a very interesting and decorative style, I like the patterns:) xx