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a fragile shell by phoebe-johnson a fragile shell by phoebe-johnson
I've had this painting/drawing done for a while but I don't know what to do with the background and I'm too scared to ruin the original. Today I scanned it in and did something on photoshop... not sure if I'm happy with it but I'll upload it anyway.

Might think of something better and update the file in a couple of days. Maybe.

Oil paint with prismacolour pencil over the top when semi-dry, on watercolour paper. It's my new technique ahah.
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely stunning! I really love everything about it... your style and talent, and the seeming message that I get from it... just... WOW! :heart:
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goddesses, I like the shell cap ... and I especially drawn to it because of the African continent over her ear.  To me it symbolizes that she belongs to another world ... and she dearly misses it, misses her culture, her nation, her tribe (if you will).  And something about it says that she may never see home again.  Or maybe if she does, the people and the places that she remembers will be changed or gone completely.  I so love this.  You are very talented.
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blue-jaryn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful and expressive.
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Maggie5875 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student
It's just so pretty~ :D
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! :3
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me-illuminated Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
so emotive. the skin is beautifully rendered.
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Maevethebrave Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is really great. And it's nice to find a fellow Aussie on dA :P
Love your technique and style... :)
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Greetings Australian friend ;D Thanks so much. You have great work here too!
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Maevethebrave Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha xD
Thanks :)
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Karinta Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful...
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IReallyWannaKnow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome. I'm fascinated by your technique though. When you're putting the colored pencil on the oil paint, does it sit on top or kind of push it around? I would imagine that the prismacolor color wouldn't even stick.

I'm such a scaredy cat--I love cool techniques but I'm always too afraid to try... :no:
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!

Alright, so! I let the oil paint dry a little, but not entirely. Ie it's dry if you touch it lightly, but if you scratch with a fingernail it it will dent. So I start only using the pencil lightly. It does push the paint around a little, but sometimes that works in my favour. It does stick for some reason, I don't really understand it myself though! Depends on the paper I guess. It was easier on this paper than when I did the same technique on wood. And then for some of the more fine details, ie the fine lines on the shell of this painting, I waited until the oil paint was basically entirely dry, and then really lightly used the white pencil.

I'm not really sure if that was helpful, and to be honest I don't even know how it will turn out when I start! But don't be afraid!! Sometimes it will fail, but sometimes it will be magic :D
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IReallyWannaKnow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm, thanks so much for the tips! I definitely have to give this technique a try one of these days.
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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sooooo beautiful <3
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TheAnonymBrainwash Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:meow:
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TheAnonymBrainwash Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:dalove:
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TheAnonymBrainwash Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
really amazing.
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for all your comments!
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Tealer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much emotion in her expression, such a creative piece too. The coloring in her face is especially lovely it stands out to me.
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puppeteer-for-kings Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Phee Phee this is amazing :heart: Such a beautiful piece :)
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much Annie! You put a smile on my face :)
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ThunderBearStudios Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
holy mama this is AMAZING!! It's so true too.. makes me think of mother earth crying..
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phoebe-johnson Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! That is such a great interpretation, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about it. I didn't have that in mind when I came up with the idea, but I actually like your interpretation better!
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ThunderBearStudios Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
np its a kool pic. You did well! XD
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