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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Playing with Collage

Well, thanks to all you fabulous dancers the snow that was promised
never ever came. Only a little rain and I actually welcomed it.
Your dancing feet worked like magic! he he he he! Thanks family.
This is a collage test piece that I am working on for a possible
project. I will be doing a collage style book in a couple
weeks and I just needed to get my feet wet. All my books
have been digital up until now. I adore being able to work
digitally and traditionally as an illustrator, but collage will always be
my first love.
It's fresh and free and organic. I plan to take this week off
from working on projects and do some free collage work.
I'll let you know how it all comes out. Have a great week family!

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Anonymous said...

Wow your collage is looking awesomeeeee :D looking forward to see more of this

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...'s as good, if not better than--in a different way, all your other work!
I absolutely LOVE collage! It has so many possibilities; two people can work with the same things and have totally different pieces of art.
You GO GIRL!!!!♥♥♥

Anne.....with snow melting.....YAY!

Ces Adorio said...

Ooooh Ms. Vee, I am glad the snow did not come. My thighs are sore from dancing.

At first I thought your post said "Paying with College" and I thought to myself "Huh!?" Whatever does she mean?

Glued going Ms. Vee!

It is very glued work indeed.

Melinda Stanley said...

Congrats on dancing away that snow! ;)

Love this illustration, Vanessa! The colors are brilliant and I love the collage look—as well as the look on her Mom's face! :D

k.h.whitaker said...

This is lovely Vanessa, I love collage and your pieces are wonderful and so full of personality! I'm glad you were spared more snow! Hope the picture of Johnny Depp helped to melt what was left of it too ;). Thanks for all your supportive and kind comments. I appreciate it so much. You are a sweetheart.

Unknown said...

now I know why you call this the oh la la design studio...this is oh la la fantastic Vanessa!!! what a wonderful piece...I think this collage work will be wonderful!!!

Do you do all of it on paper or some digitally?


Krista said...

Wow-wee! So much fun! I agree with Melinda-- love Mom's expression. Well, I think those of us in the Philadelphia area also benefitted from your snow dance-- Thanks millions for doing all the arranging.

Susan said...

Oh thank goodness the dancin' worked, that coconut bra was getting mighty itchy! Vee you are so multi-talented, this collage is gorgeously vibrant and fun - I'm so glad you're getting the chance to do another project you'll love!

Have a blast and thanks so much for all your kind support, you have a tremendous heart!

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Nina Seven N7 said...

how fun to get to play with collage, can't wait to see what you come up with!

Lins Artyblobs said...

It is looking good!!

Janine said...

That is gorgeous. I love mum in behind (hihi)
Have agreat week

Bella Sinclair said...

Whaddayamean stop dancing? I lost 10 pounds already, and my hips are now lethal weapons. Bahahaha!

Oh my goodness, you just keep it coming. LOOK at this deliciousness. The stance, those expressions, that gorgeous textured background. And I LOVE the collage pieces. So cool how you added perspective to them. Do I see a little bit of Alice in Wonderland? You are some kind of wonderful, girl!!! You should be declared a national treasure!

Tamara Henderson said...

Beautiful work! I love the background colors and texture!!!

linda said...

Ooo - I love all that color in the background and cool texture. Something about collage adds to the texture of a piece as well, very cool. Have fun with your free collage work :P

Shell said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your collage work. This pic is so sweet..I love the little girl and the mom in the background with that look is priceless...

Julie said...

Looks fantastic, Vanessa! Your work floors me, it's so full of personality!

D Hawk said...

Haha, this is very cute! I love the layers and the colors! I love your work!

Mónica said...

Ohh, your collage is looking amazing and cute. as well as the look on her Mom's face! , great composition and colours in these illustration. Congrats Vanessa.
Have a nice week

Tomás Serrano said...

It seems her mum is not agree with her rythm, he, he. The collage technic looks fantastic, Vanessa.

Brad said...

Glad you didnt get the snow! All of our snow is almost gone now, and it will remain in the 50's all week, YAY!!!

This is a fabulous style. I love the textured collage background set against the cleaner style characters, it really makes them pop!


Cheryl Lynn Pastor Romance Author said...

I totally agree with Ms. Bella. You are indeed a national treasure! I also agree about the dancing part. It's helping with the shedding of the excess pounds, indeed! Fun, fun, fun!

Your collage is so beautiful! It's vibrant, colorful, and just plain pretty. Your work encompasses so much life and fabulosity! YOU ROCK in the best way.

Vanessa said...

I can't help but laugh at the mother's expression in the background, so familiar and cute !! LOL Yoru collage work will be exciting, can't wait to see more.

Glad to hear you had a great weekend!

TJ Lubrano said...

Hello hello! How are you?

Oh I Love it! Love it! The amount of detail is amazing! I love the expression of the lady in the background ^_^. But overall it's just wonderful!

Take care!

Ginger*:) said...

Vanessa , this is wonderful. I am certainly going to want to see what comes next.

I love working with various media. I am mostly a pixel-pusher-painter, but love clay, paint, and wood and cutouts that I can manipulate.

Your collages will be vibrant!

As for the snow... we have a ton left over, need any?

serline said...

Love the rich and textured background. And that vintage look on the collage.

Ces Adorio said...

Oh that Bella is a show-off! She has to say her hips are lethal weapon just after I say mine are sore. Show-off. I challenge her to a dancing contest!!!

TJ Lubrano said...


Man! I thought I was already following you :|. Well no worries! I'm now! thanks so much for your lovely comment again :D. It always makes my day!

Have a lovely week!

D Hawk said...

hello again,

I just need some advice from you! I have been Illustrating for about a year and I found out some things as far as illustration fees, and the last project that I worked one which was my first project it turned out that I was really short changed doing those illustrations.

I have a new project coming up and I have been trying to figure out a fair fee to charge the author. I was told that I whould estimate how many hours it would take me to do one page and multiply that by what I would charge per hour! so I figured it would take me about 7 hours to illustrate on page if not using oil paints. I was thinking $25 X 7hours = $150 per page

$150 X 32pages = $4800
plus $300 for cover page
total = $5100

This will be her first time publishing a children book, but she has a series of books that she will have me illustrate and that will be published! Do you think that price is too much?

Please take a look at my last post of my Pooky character colored, this is how I am going to color her pages with a lot of detail. Her book will be 10 X 8 in size. Do you think this price is fair or a little too much? or am I still short changing.

Please respond to this on my blog. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Indigene said...

Oh my, this is so adorable! Gee willerkers, is there anything this woman can't do?! You rock! :)

Peter Breese said...

Well my feet are exhausted and rather stinky from all the dancing, but the result was magnificent! I'm stoked that you're going to do some collage! Nice V, nice. Well, I better soak these dogs before they start biting! WOOF WOOF... CHOMP... AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH TO LATE!!!! WOOF WOOF!!! Oh good lord, there is something wrong with me today. He he he

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

I absolutely ADORE your work! It's so rich and beautiful and juicy. I found you by way of the fantastic Derrick Barnes, a fellow author friend. My girls and I are huge fans of Ruby and the Booker Boys, and we appreciate how you brought her to life in illustration. So glad I can see more of your amazing work!