Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Fantasy World of Michael DeMeng

I've been working on this altered book spread for a while, but I'm very happy with how it came out! The theme for the book was "Fantasy," and I decided to create a spread about the fantasy world of Michael DeMeng.  The background is textured gesso, colored with DeMeng's recipe for Uzzzh, with some added green.  I adhered some grungeboard elements (key, flourish and letters) and a plastic tree.  I cut a niche, filled it with a picture I took of my sister holding a skull at a nature museum and covered it with some mesh.  The picture of the model is from a fashion magazine and the other picture is one I took of the Budapest Opera House. You can see more details if you click on the image to enlarge it. It was a ton of fun to make and it definitely meets the Gingersnap Creations challenge for creating a 3D object with paint.  The themes, color and style are all inspired by Michael DeMeng. I find it inspiring and useful to create in the style of other artists.  Have you ever done that?

9 comments:

Amy said...

The texture and the colour is great to see up close. I lift other scrappers work and I often try to emulate photographers that I admire and I am always using bits and pieces of inspiration for journaling prompts, mini books or layouts.

debs14 said...

I learn so much from your blog! I had never heard of this guy but will be googling him as soon as I have done this. This is quite some work of art, you've used so much in it and the overall feel of it is surreal. I love the way you have got the texture in it with the hinge and the key, and the little niche with the netting is inspired!

scrappyjacky said...

I've never heard of him either....but this is stunning.

Hope said...

awesome

Sian said...

Wow, what a fantastical work of art! It's another one I would love to hold in my hand to drink in all the details and texture.

humel said...

I'd never heard of him either, so thanks for the tip :-)

I've never consciously set out to create 'in the style of...' though I really like the idea; I do sometimes look at my work though and think 'oh, I can see who influenced that piece!' xx

Becky said...

Love all the texture and colour in this! I have never done anything like this - tend to stick to my scrapbooking pages, but would love to be different sometimes!

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Becky
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laurie b said...

so much to look at - very different and captivating. i love the little tree!

i have never done an exercise like this (to use an artist as an inspiration for a project) but want to try it soon.

Gingersnap Stampers said...

Stunning spread! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations 3D Challenge!