|Calla reference, pencil sketches and some test print outs|
|Pencil drawing after redrawn on the computer|
The Calla Lily is an interesting symbol because it's often used for both weddings and funerals. In weddings, the white symbolizes purity and makes a striking floral impression, whereas at funerals it symbolizes rebirth. I didn't plant any in my garden this Spring, so I bought some burgundy ones for reference.
I work in Illustrator and retrace my line work with a mouse for basic shapes. The background is the bottom layer with a color and a fat line border. The second layer is the white flower shape also with a colored line border and the third layer is the yellow stigma and the shadow behind it. I have to make all the decisions, not the computer. The computer helps by creating perfectly uniform lines weights that are difficult if done by hand but the artist still has to make all the visual decisions.
Then using the computer PMS to process color palette, I experiment with color combinations. That's the other advantage of using the computer. When I was air brushing art back in the 80's and 90's, I was limited to the colors I could mix with acrylic paint and then try to remix later. Now I can create and easily recreate color palettes with subtle tones and experiment with the same line art trying several different combinations before deciding which I like best. Then I print out a test card and make a card file for the printer.
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