Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Day 29: Little Red Riding Hood

I am in love with the poem "Little Red Riding Hood" by Christina Reihill.

I don't know why, I don't even know what it means. But it just gives me shivers when I read it. Which is what a good poem should do I think.

I love using poetry and quotes in my work. The combination of words and images can be so powerful.

Usually, I just draw or paint something, and then I look through my endless supply of quotes and poems and lyrics, until I find something that I think fits the image perfectly.

For this poem I worked the other way around. I don't know why, but everytime I read it I see the image of a young, sad, disheveled girl before me. So that's what I drew.

I scanned the graphite drawing, and added the background and words in Photoshop.

Here she is:


About my charcoal-drawing yesterday: following Natasha's advice I sealed her.

Guess she won't be disappearing out of my journal in the near future ;-)


11 comments:

  1. WOW Denthe... I read the poem first before I looked at your drawing... and she is... exactly as I imagined her to be... a little haunted... and disheveled... and yet gorgeous... that poem is amazing... and yes... it does give you shivers... thank you too... for your watercolor tips... I have only just started to use them in this challenge... loving them... and learning all the time...

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  2. You have done a fantastic sketch Denthe, she is so beautiful, you just want to give her a big hug. I have not read that lovely poem before but it is perfect for your girl.

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  3. oooh, I loved the poem, so perfect for your girl. Such a haunted look on her face, I love art like that!

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  4. This is beautiful Denthe. I really like that the poem is printed. I'm not sure why it's so effective to me, but maybe it's the juxtaposition of the drawing with type.

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  5. This is beautiful Denthe. I really like that the poem is printed. I'm not sure why it's so effective to me, but maybe it's the juxtaposition of the drawing with type.

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  6. This so lovely Denthe! I am just catching up with your faces again and they look great, well done!
    ManonX

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  7. LOVE this - the hair is amazing!!

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  8. I'm glad I was of help. :) Your girl looks so beautiful and innocent. And I admire everyone who has the ability to combine artwork with words. It's something I'm not good at but I totally enjoy in other people's artwork. :)

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  9. This one is gorgeous! So much work you have put in it..
    You have many lovely faces! :)

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  10. This painting is very deep and mysterious. Beautiful and intriguing work.

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  11. The combination here of verse and image are heart-rending. Very powerful.

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