Today I continue with my series of collage art journal pages.
I loved this candid picture of Minnie Driver and Charlize Theron dancing together at a post-Oscar party, but there was text all around the image, so I decided to come up with a creative way to hide the text. My intention was to frame the photo with torn pieces of magazine images to make it appear as if the viewer was taking a peek inside an exclusive party. I decided to use images that were in contrast, color-wise and texture-wise, to the main picture. The images I used were of food, flowers, and water.
I had the above picture of the woman in my stash. I loved the floral scarf wrapped around her shoulders and decided that she needed large, colorful flowers in her hair to complete the look.
I added the image of the building because I thought it had the right look against the image of the woman. Can’t really explain it beyond that. I created this page when I still had the notion to do some actual journaling in my art journal, which is why there’s a lot of white space around the collage.
The image of the woman’s face in the preceding was from a cosmetics ad. In the original ad, her face was framed in gray in a similar manner as you see in the above photo, so I decided to copy what was already there. As in the first collage page above, I used images with contrasting colors and textures to frame out the pale color of the woman’s face, except this time, I cut out the pictures instead of tearing them. The images I used were all of food. I find close-up pictures of food tend to have a lot of interesting textures.
After gluing everything down, I felt the woman’s face was too pale against the other images, so I lightly went over her features with my colored pencils, which did the trick of giving the face some definition.
Okay so I goofed up this page. For whatever reason, I decided to cut out the image of the woman in the dress – Kirsten Dunst – instead of using the entire image, which had her walking up a wide staircase. Anyway, I thought the skirt resembled a wrinkled up plastic garbage bag. There were a bunch of crevices created from all the folds that settled into the skirt, which I thought were perfect for placing something colorful inside to pop against the dark color of the dress. I initially was going to add flowers, but found a National Geographic image of colorful fishes, so I decided to use them instead.
I think the fishes add an unexpected surprise element to the dress.
I had an image of a little boy peeking inside a fence from an advertising postcard I received in the mail. I decided to cut him out and add him to my collage. He looks like he is peeking inside the crevices of the skirt.
Because I cut out the woman and removed the background, my collage ended up with a lot of white space. Trying to avoid adding journaling, I got the brilliant idea to fill in all that space with red doodling. Only problem was that I didn’t know how to doodle on a large expanse in an attractive manner.
Oh, well. The purpose of keeping an art journal is allowing one the freedom to experiment. I guess this is one experiment gone bad!
Above is another image of Kirsten Dunst. (The Vogue magazine that yielded these images of the actress had a bunch of great photos that, as you will see, provided quite a bit of fodder for my collages). This time I decided to leave the background in, especially since it has a grandeur about it. The skirt of the gown was very voluminous and immediately, I thought of using it as a sofa of sorts. In the same issue of the magazine, I found a picture of Kirsten sitting alongside two other models, that I used on the skirt.
After I glued down the image, I realized that the three women added a lot of visual weight and impact to the bottom half of the collage, especially since Kirsten’s head and torso in the original image took up so little visual space. I decided to add a pop of color to the top half of the page to draw the viewer’s eyes and attention back up to that part of the collage. I found a small image of a pink frosted cake on a plate that resembled the silhouette of a hat and decided it was the perfect finishing touch on top of the actress’s head.
Sometimes you need to look at your images imaginatively, not in the way they were meant to be, but in an outside-the-box kind of way.
Overall, if I had to do it all over, I might have used just one of the three women for the bottom of the collage. The three women together added too much visual weight, even with my attempt at balancing them out with the pink cake.
Create and learn!