Ardelia

I’ve got to get these posted even though I’m not finished! But that means when I do get finished you’ll be able to enjoy them again. LOL I colored these images for the Good vs Bad challenge at Make it Colourful and even though it’s over, it’s still a great experiment and so much fun for the creative soul – honest!


The image I used is Ardelia from Make it Crafty and I printed her out rather large, about 4.5″x5.5″ or something like that. All I remember is it was too large to fit on the small standard size cards and too much of an awkward shape for a regular 6×6″ card. What to do? Alas… I have been given some suggestions and will ponder some more.


Here’s a side by side comparison of the good Ardelia and the evil Ardelia. 😀 Some tricks I used to convey both sides comes down to color, face makeup and background. For the good side I’ve left a clean white background, gave her spring colors for her clothes and fun reddish hair with freckles. Then for the darker side I used deep blood red, black hair and lots of Gothic-style makeup. Then I started having some fun… I added some piercing studs to her eyebrow and rings to her lips and ear; the dress I pulled down into some blood droplets and added lots of streaks and splatters in the background.


One thing I wanted to do was give them bright deep eyes so I used brighter colors and reduced the highlights down in size. With the good and the bad done I started thinking about the spaghetti Western movie called “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” so someone dared me to color the Ugly version. Are you ready?….


I kept with the same techniques as before but for the Ugly version I went with a dirty background, muddled colors and greenish skin with warts. And with that worked out, I also started to have fun and added decaying buck teeth, upturned pig’s snout, messy strands of hair witha bit of green, and took away all the highlights in her eyes and made them a little bloodshot.


My sister says she’s hard to look at so I take that as a complement! LOL After coloring this image three times I realize there were a few shadows I had forgotten here and there so I’ll be going back and touching up the portraits. Then once I figure out what to do with them I’ll post the finished projects. 😀 Hope you’ve enjoyed!!

I’ve added this project to this Monday’s linking party #85 at Make it Monday. 😀

38 thoughts on “Ardelia

  1. WOW! WOWOWOW! Barbara I am so lost for your words! Your colouring is just beyond AMAZING! WOW! I'm not sure if I would do anything with them…they are artworks and just so perfect how they are. You have done just THE most amazing job. stunning!

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  2. WOW! WOWOWOW! Barbara I am so lost for your words! Your colouring is just beyond AMAZING! WOW! I'm not sure if I would do anything with them…they are artworks and just so perfect how they are. You have done just THE most amazing job. stunning!

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  3. You are something else girl! LOL The good and bad are just indescribably amazing, but that Ugly, LOL now that takes the cake. I think I'll be coming back to this post a few times just to study coloring techniques. You rock!

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  4. These are all fabulous Barbara! The first two are like night and day, both gorgeously colored. And the other one is so sick, it's awesome!! You truly have a gift for imagination. Gr8 job!!;)

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  5. OMG, your colouring is fantastic and I love to see how you interpret an image in different way! I stumbled onto your blog yesterday and have been amazed since. I'm a new follower. Hugs, Brigitte

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  6. OMIGOSH!!!! I'm gobsmacked!! I am in total awe of the \”ugly\” transformation.. it's really hard to believe it's the same stamp. Barbara, you're amazing! Seriously. I would mat and frame these and sell as a set.. they're totally FABULOUS!!!!!

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  7. OMIGOSH!!!! I'm gobsmacked!! I am in total awe of the \”ugly\” transformation.. it's really hard to believe it's the same stamp. Barbara, you're amazing! Seriously. I would mat and frame these and sell as a set.. they're totally FABULOUS!!!!!

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  8. I am going to say this again..AWESOME….. I still cannot believe how you changed this image so much. It is such a good teaching tool. It really shows off your talent and rightfully so….. I just love them all. I laugh so hard each time I look at the Ugly's teeth, nose and warts and I love the blood droplets on the bad and the makeup running down her face and of course the good is just your usual work. I love how you added the freckles though….I just love love love them all…………..

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  9. I am going to say this again..AWESOME….. I still cannot believe how you changed this image so much. It is such a good teaching tool. It really shows off your talent and rightfully so….. I just love them all. I laugh so hard each time I look at the Ugly's teeth, nose and warts and I love the blood droplets on the bad and the makeup running down her face and of course the good is just your usual work. I love how you added the freckles though….I just love love love them all…………..

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  10. WOW, your coloring is absolutely amazing, wow again, they are all gorjuss, yeah even the ugly one too, stunningly done, cannot wait for the finished product!!lotsa luv

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  11. Oh my goodness these are fabulous! I saw your card on Make it Monday and I love what you have created.HugsLinda Simpsonhttp://lindasimpsoncraftypieceofheaven.blogspot.com

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  12. OMG…it's beautiful, naughty AND repulsive…freakin' AWESOME! I hate to be redundant since every descriptive word I could choose has already been stated in the previous comments, but can I just say….\”I'm not worthy!!\” I stand in awe of your gifted and talented brain and hands. I apologize for the pile of drool I may have left here, it goes without saying that your work enduces a trance like affect on me.Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday! Lisa xx

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  13. OMG…it's beautiful, naughty AND repulsive…freakin' AWESOME! I hate to be redundant since every descriptive word I could choose has already been stated in the previous comments, but can I just say….\”I'm not worthy!!\” I stand in awe of your gifted and talented brain and hands. I apologize for the pile of drool I may have left here, it goes without saying that your work enduces a trance like affect on me.Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday! Lisa xx

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  14. ACK! You are my coloring hero! These images are amazing!!! The Gothic version is insane!!! But, that Ugly version is just too much! I LOVE it! I must try my hand at this technique of transforming an image with Copics. Beautifully done.

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  15. LOL I don't even know what to say Barbara. Your \”warped\” versions of these characters look TOO real! I guess what that translates to is that you do amazing work when you transform them! But they are indeed hard to look at LOL! I'm also talking about your alien Tilda too ha!

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  16. Hi Barbara,I saw you're images on MIM. They look absolutely fab! Wow what a great coloring!! Love the image too, especially your diverse dimensions of her. Looks great! Thx for the inspiration!!Hugs Annika

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  17. I've been scrolling through your blog and have seen so many posts that i don't remember popping up in Reader. I'm disturbed to have missed all this awesomeness!

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