I see my mind as a tapestry woven through with memories, dreams and thoughts.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Queen of the Pixels




This was my favourite hibiscus, so flawlessly yellow.
It has since died.
Because this hibiscus is from our first days in Spain,it evokes nostalgia, excitement and the sense of adventure that beginning a 'new life' brings.
But ... there is more!
this hibiscus inspired 'The queen of the Pixels' (a character in my book Violet Jell.
A book needs a queen, or similar, and this is how my thoughts and photographs entwined to create her.



I used this photograph, which I rotated. I cut out the part I wished to use and placed it onto a transparent background in Photoshop.
I drew in her silhouette face, popped on her small shoes and pulled forward her hood to shroud her.

And here she is - returned resplendent to her hibiscus throne.



For me, that my illustrations each encompass a part of my life gives them a deeper meaning, as a part of me lies there, too.

3 comments:

My Castle in Spain said...

Beautiful inspiration !
thank you for your comment about Patrick Blanc and i just wanted to say, i was in Madrid at the very end of july when we came back from Portugal...oh no, i'd never have the courage to go in August ! it was already so hot in july..

aguja said...

Thank you for your comment and ...'Here's to España!'...... a country which invites inspiration!

Spangle said...

Your illustrations are brilliant! I agree that just looking around here in Spain, can so easily spark off the imagination.