Friday, 31 May 2013

Octopode - The Great Gatsby







 So how's everyone doing? making the most of the nicer weather I hope? Finally in the UK we have a bit of sun for a change.
 Today Lily is show casing her Flappers in honour of the new movie The Great Gatsby. I have used Coco for my little 6''x6'' page.
 You can see more work from the DT over at Lily's blog The Octopode Factory and here is a link for the Etsy Shop.
 Now I have not seen the film or read the book but I do like the art deco stylings, and I am sure my better half will drag me along to see the film in the not to distant future ;)
 I started my page by cutting it from some mount board, I then drew the back ground using a picture found on the net for a reference, figuring out which lines pass over which made me go a little cross eyed a few times but I finally got there. The BG was coloured with cool and warm grey Copics.
 Coco was printed out and she was also coloured with Copics, I decided to have a go at using some darker skin tones for a change and hope I carried it off.
 I found a great art deco font on line and printed Club Gatsby out onto acetate and used a couple of tiny brads to secure it in place.
 The flappers would work great in our fortnightly challenge over at Octopodes TOFF Challenge blog where there is still a little over a week to joing the fun, the theme is 'Lovely Ladies'
It would be great to see you over there. There is a prize draw of some images every time x

This weekend The Craft Barn is having its BIG extravaganza weekend, There are three marquees and loads of demo's going on from artists like Andy Skinner, Lyn Brown and Neil Walker. To name just a few, If you are in the area, J6 M25 ish why not pop in, Ill be there most of the weekend as it is my local store and it would be great to see some of you there. x

14 comments:

  1. ...great work Mark, your flapper girl looks super stylish in red and the darker skin tone really brings this out, awesome background too, very eyecatching as always...Melxx :)

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  2. Loving the skin tones on this one, Mark. And kudos for the labor intensive background. Very cool!

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  3. Hi Mark, Coco looks stunning in her flapper dress and I really love the fantastic background you created! Anne x

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  4. She reminds me of Eartha Kitt, now I'm showing my age. Looks great. Love francesca

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  5. Fabulous arc-light background - well worth the cross-eyed phases... and the flapper herself is just wonderful!
    Alison x

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  6. That background is AMAZING!! Love the symmetry and great coloring of the whole piece.

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  7. The skintones look fabulous Mark, & I love that background!
    See you later mate!
    Alison x

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  8. Great background. Looks great

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  9. Hey Mark! Love the new image and your bg is fabulous! Congrats on the Octopode DT - you will be such a great addition to the team. Fun stuff! Hugz!

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  10. Mark the background you created is stunning and brilliant, I love her skin tone too, she looks like Nina Simone:O), fabulous,my dear Mark your work belongs on a design team, I love it. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. I wish I lived near that Craft barn, I'd definitely be a stalker LOL...

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  11. Mark, this is great! I can see where the background would get a little tricky... Coco is absolutely beautiful!

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  12. Great idea for the background Mark. Again, you've coloured the image so well and I think the skintone looks just right. It was worth searching out that font because it works perfectly.
    Juliaxx

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  13. Absolutely love this page. x

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  14. OMG! FAbuous page! Of course love the image, but your background is especially cool. xxD

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