Monday, June 9, 2014

Fire Girl

Today's post is about the next image in my silhouette series (preceded by Tornado Girl, Victorious Night, and Lightning Girl). In this fourth drawing, I strayed from the images of nature found in the previous three...

I intentionally left it unclear whether she's frustrated by the fire, or just watching objectively. I made this one evening when I was feeling angry. There was drama going on with some of my friends, and I just didn't want to deal with it anymore. So maybe at first I meant for the fire to have been started by the girl... But in the end, I'm not sure how she feels about it.

From the minute I started it, I loved this drawing, and it made me feel a lot better. I love the burnt orange paper (it's one of my favorite colors) and the effects of using ink, acrylic paint, and chalk pastels together. I love the billowing smoke and combination of hard and soft lines. I love the orange "reflected" on the girl's hair, arms, legs, and dress (really it's just paper showing through in the ink). This is one of my favorite drawings. I'm so thrilled with how it turned out!


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