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In Context: Not the Time To Explain a Vignette

December 11, 2018
Pen and watercolor sketch I made at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. I stood in the Poultry barn in front of a large crate containing a couple turkeys and this one kept returning to the same position. (300 lb. Fabriano Artistico 8 x 10 inch journal card.)

As an artist, you know whether it’s the right time to introduce the concept of “vignettes” or not.

Pick your battles.

    • Tyanne
    • December 12, 2018
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    This made me smile. I can picture it so perfectly. I was coloring with my 3.5 year old grandson over the weekend and the 7 year old kept pointing out that we were using the WRONG colors for whatever superhero we were coloring. I just told him that the artist gets to pick the colors. He was not happy with that answer. 😆

      • Tyanne
      • December 12, 2018
      Reply

      Actually though, I need to try vignetting I tend to either fill the whole background in or if leaving white space, contain the background within a border

      1. Reply

        Tyanne, vignetting is a good thing to practice because it’s another tool you can have in your tool box when putting borders doesn’t work for the situation. But your comment reminded me that it might have been good if I had explained vignetting to everyone else who might not know! Oh, well.

        Try some vignetting and be prepared to get that “uncomfortable” feeling the first 2 or 20 times, but then after that you judge whether it’s something you want to employ now and then.

        I find it most useful when I’m sketching CR because I can put a dark color behind all that glorious white hair he has and that makes it pop, but then I can have the color fade away and not spend the time filling the whole page or spread. The cupcake I drew last night would have benefited from that come to think of it, but it was late and I wasn’t thinking clearly!!!! Have a great day!

    1. Reply

      Tyanne, you made me laugh. You should know better—don’t mess with the Marvel (DC, or whatever) universe!!! Joking aside, thank you for sharing this with me. It made my day.

      Your next comment, well —I’m going to write there too…

    • Sharon Gorberg
    • December 12, 2018
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    Haaaaa All of the above comments made me laugh! Out of the mouths of kids!

    1. Reply

      They keep us on our toes Sharon!

  1. Reply

    A good way to start the day…
    I know and have used the term often but decided to look up the meaning again – it was interesting to have a familiar word clearly explained.

    1. Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the post Carol!

    • Susan
    • December 13, 2018
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    This is what happens to me most of the time. The child stands there for a while watching me draw, and then says “Did YOU draw that?” The note of incredulity leads me to think that I just don’t look like someone who can draw. It always makes me laugh.

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