Today is the start of a new challenge at Aurora Wings.
The new theme is Clean And Simple (CAS).
Honestly, this is my preferred way of creating with the gorgeous
images of Aurora Wings. Once I finish coloring an image, I am usually at
a loss as to how to assemble a card around it's detailed beauty without
detracting from it.
I had a bit of an epiphany, and edited some of the more involved images
using Gimp. I chose the focal point I wanted to highlight and cropped the image.
Sometimes I am intimidated by the images with so much detail that coloring
seems like a never ending process. It usually takes me at least an hour (usually longer)
to color an image. So, the thought of coloring one image for hours seems a bit daunting.
I love the Santa Muerte image, but I have always been too scared to try and do it
justice with my coloring. I found the face to be the most beautiful part, so I cropped her
face to give me the impact I needed for a perfect CAS card.
I still toiled over which colors to use and how to use them, but it
took me less than two hours to create this entire card, which is pretty good for me.
I am actually quite pleased with how this worked out and am eager to
make more CAS cards using cropped Aurora Wings images.
I want to use the dragon from the 'Dragon Lore' image next.
Keep an eye out for that one.
Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings challenge blog to see all of the
inspiring CAS samples the design team has created for this theme.