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Geneva Lawrence

Illustrator

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Mushrooms and cat

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My writing says:

BEFORE/AFTER IDEAS

LIVING/DEAD

some sort of zombie-ish creature

plants wrapped around

LIVING CREATURE W/ DECOMPOSITIONAL ORGANISMS ALREADY LIVING ON

The next image says:

maybe the animal is playing but there are mushrooms growing on its back?

or maybe looks like asleep– Schrödinger's cat asleep or dead?

maybe mostly decompositional plants but some regular ones too?

(apologies for my writing!)

I haven't drawn mushrooms before so I did a quick study of their forms so I could try to simplfy it and still maintain the visual read.

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I felt more confident after this and began the linework:

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I simplified the mushrooms a little for the lines but still drew them more complicated, intending on simplifying on-the-fly in the next step. I transferred the lines to watercolour paper via tracing paper and used black gouache. Then it was scanned in and I followed the technique for colour in Photoshop.

This was an excellent excersise to get out of my usual and think differently. I'm usually pretty improvisational but with a very different workflow and felt out of my comfort zone in a good way. I think having done this once now I'd make sure to experiment a bit more with the gouache, in the future.

Here is the final:

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