Clara Bow And The Bird

Digital Collage Clara Bow

Clara Bow and the Bird webOne of my newest pieces of digital artwork is based around a vintage photograph of Clara Bow. I love her face, she has some many expressions. I am sure many of them were for movie stills, but they are very cool, as some a pretty hilarious.

I found this great photo of Clara Bow and wanted to use it in a collage piece. My artwork usually starts with just an image that inspires me. I never know what it’s going to look like when it’s done. And I always like finding some words to go with it, but I never know what those words will be either – until its done.

The background is a collage (all digital) of about 20 different layers of images, filters, and brush effects. The bird is a vintage image from the late 1800s book illustration on birds. I love combining lots of different design colors and shapes, and trying out different filters and settings to see what happens when 2 or more images are combined. It’s so magical. I am addicted to Photoshop.

The image was black and white so I added a bit of pink skin color, make up, hair color, and colorized the dress and cape. I also found a flower that I thought would fit nicely with her hair. The flowers on the left are also from a vintage illustration. I darkened down the edges of the image to put more emphasis on her, the bird and the flowers. I like the way it all turned out.

(Image is copyright Cat Whipple 2014)


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