Emerald the Evil, the Green-Eyed Monster,
just lying in wait for the chance
to plant the seeds of envy
in someone's unsuspecting heart.
I'm sure this is not what the Collage Obsession theme of 'Emerald' for this week, was supposed to produce.
My mind went through emerald jewellery, lovely dresses for red-haired ladies, fields of green in the Emerald Isle. I even thought of something connected with the Emerald City but that's not having such a good press here in the UK at the moment.
I firmly decided to create some emerald jewellery designs, and even drew a hanging hook for the first earring ..... but when I put my pen on the paper, this is what happened. I don't know where he came from, but I never do know where creatures like this come from. I shudder to think what's inside my mind when I see this kind of thing developing on the page.
So, emerald may be seen mostly as a colour of beauty, green is also the colour of envy which, when it goes too far and becomes jealousy, can be one of the worst vices.
So let's put all the blame on Emerald the Evil.
I drew his outline with Pitt Artist's pen, and coloured him with Inktense pencil, and sparkly gel pens for his eyes and claws. I wanted to get an unpleasant feel to his skin, so I put the fairly thin paper of my sketchbook directly on to my battered desk (i.e., ex-dining-table), so that the grain and other bits of battering affected the pencil work. He's not really emerald in colour, but this is as near as I could get to it, whatever medium I tried.
As an example of pencil work it looks horrible, but that's what I wanted, and his skin makes my flesh creep.
I scanned the finished drawing into Photoshop and added the wiggly, snake-like border with a distortion filter called 'waves'.
So that's enough about him.
Now I'm looking forward to seeing all the really beautiful creations of other artists
over at Collage Obsession. Why don't you take a look too.
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