Monday, August 14, 2017

cover art

Pablo Picasso
For the cover of the Stamp People desk calendar, a horizontal image gives better balance than a vertical image. So I tried doing horizontal collages in the same style as the vertical cards, with a limited color palate matching the stamp being used. But, after several attempts along those lines, I feel in my gut that the cover art needs more dynamism and color.

So right now, I'm trying to choose between the two stamp people cards posted here. I did them on washi cards that are double the width of the ones I used for the inside pages of the calendar, so that I could fit more action and color without making them feel too cramped.

The postage stamps themselves (from old Czechoslovakia) are about twice the size of most of the stamps I used for the images on the inner pages. I could give you the full context that inspired my images-- passages from which I distilled the words used on the cards. But you can easily google them to track down the sources. Is that mean? heh heh

Anyway, if you have a preference for the cover art, let me know. I sure do appreciate all the feedback you gave me on which stamp people to use for the inner pages. I love it that so many of you are participating in this project.


Ernest Hemingway

12 comments:

  1. Of course I love both, Debbie! But if forced to choose I would pick Pablo Picasso, by a hair.♥

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    1. Hi Jacki! Thanks for your feedback. It looks like Picasso is everyone's favorite!

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  2. I'm new to your list. I love both but prefer "Grow ripe not old" ...most likely because I'm becoming 'ripe'

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    1. Oh yes, me too! I haven't figured out yet how to separate the two, or if it's even possible, despite Picasso's clever words.

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  3. The chicken is my favorite-- Grow Ripe!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. The crazy chicken seems to have won everyone's hearts. Maybe it will help us to go into 2018 laughing.

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    1. Thank you Therese! Humor and vivid color is a powerful combination.

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  5. I'll side with the majority because it is a striking image with a good message, but I personally relate to the hawk too.

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    1. I'm glad you like the hawk. I can relate to it on a deeper level than the Picasso one actually. I notice that bright colors seem to appeal more to Americans than the somewhat melancholy tones we tend to use in Japanese folk art.

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  6. Oh my goodness. Just when I thought you'd given us the best . . . They're fun! So much fun I laughed the moment I saw the words and the top of the cockscomb. You lifted my spirits! Thank you. :)

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    1. And YOUR comment lifted MY spirits. Thank you!

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