All work: Copyright © 2019-2020 By Cecilia Ruiz ================
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I specialize in digital art, drawing, fine art, painting.
This is an exploratory piece I’m working on.
I watched Theodore Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic: Joan of Arc. There’s nothing like the black and white images from this era of film making! I was so moved by several (if not all ) of the head shots of this incredible actress as Joan of Arc that I was compelled to take several quick photos which I then redrew digitally and then created this illustration. * * * * * this will probably be my last full-color post to doodle Addicts. I plan to post just drawings and sketches from now on but not as frequently as I used to. If you’re curious about my color work follow me on tumblr or Instagram.
This was an experiment with intense layering and flat shapes. The only modeling occurs on the face. I have several versions but chose this one to post.
I love textiles and patterns so I always enjoy injecting them into my work. I also like the way the patterns distort and disguise a human shape and adds texture. Again, this piece is more about the formal elements of art such as design, color, texture, shape, line and composition. The portrait is just a reference point serving more as another floating shape that contrasts with the strict angles of the background which are further enhanced by the angular kuba cloth print shapes that float almost playfully on the face. It’s my way of playing and having fun making art without feeling constrained to make realistic pieces.
Exploring shape and color effects.
This is a throwback to the kind of work I was making at the end of the fall last year. Sometimes I just can’t help it but I find myself returning to surrealist works every now and then. This piece is a combination of various techniques: collage, filters, watercolors, ink, drawing and a vector. For this piece I used a lot of my old artwork and pieced these pieces together then repainted and reworked them until I got the effect I wanted. My favorite technique is to paint over drawings With layers of different colors then removing some of the colors with a scratchy digital brush. Interesting effects begin to happen. In the end I find that I’m more interested in the formal qualities of a piece than the content. It is what it is.
This is a mix of digital techniques: watercolor, black flat ink, collage, and color block. I created the figures as silhouettes but modeled the face with watercolor brushes.
This piece is another digital watercolor. I’ve fallen in love with the watercolor brushes I use with PROCREATE because I like the way the brush strokes are layered one on top of the other and how the color almost blends with the adjacent color if it’s on the same layer. I suppose one can render an object in a more academic realistic style with these tools but I prefer an expressionistic and loose brush stroke rendering of a form. The figure shapes have clean sharp edges because I’m painting inside a silhouette that behaves like a stencil. This is achieved with the Alpha lock option. It’s pretty cool set of tools, I think.
Color and design
This piece is a small step back into a more traditional expression of my artwork. However, this is a digital watercolor using procreate. I’m amazed how it almost feels like real watercolor.
I’ve started to use personal photographs to extract figure shapes/silhouettes because I’m quickly running out of my old figure drawings. I’m not interested in drawing life like or realistic figures at this point so I just draw out the shapes and repaint them to suit my visual ideas. This piece is more about composition, color And texture than anything else.
This is another version of my PRIMAVERA piece. This is what I love about working with digital tools like photoshop or procreate. It allows for infinite variations of a single piece. One can go mad with so many options. So far I’ve become increasingly interested in silhouettes and stencil like shapes. I reuse them often like stamps. I don’t know where this is leading but I’m on a playground and having lots of fun
My version of the coming of spring. I tried out the digital watercolor brushes in procreate (flowers) I was impressed how the brushes and color behave and layer like real watercolors. The more I use procreate the more I am impressed with this digital painting tool.
Abstract Self portrait.
Color, figure, design
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