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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

We all can have a Darkside too.... even I struggle to find my dark muse when I'm in a sunny garden, so it's taken me a little longer than usual to make a piece for this months challenges at Quoth the Raven and Forever Dark....
But find her I did :D

Quoth the Raven challenged us to find inspiration from this film poster...
 while Forever Dark gave us free reign to just get creepy mwahahaa....
and this is what I have come up with...
 From the poster I took the minimalism, a lone male figure, wings/feathers and movie style title.
The title and tag line are a quote from Poe's "Spirits of the Dead"
"Thy soul shall find itself alone, 'mid dark thoughts of...THE GREY TOMBSTONE!"

And this is how I created it...
 Made*cough* Asked my son to balance on a rock in a useful pose...
 very quick outline sketch to get rough body position...
 started working over with layers of soft pastel/charcoal
(spraying regularly with fixative)
 Worked over sealed pastels with posca paint pens to add definition..
 *Has feathery hair*
 Quite a simple technique, but I think very effective

Enjoy :D XXX

OOW...just found another Dark challenge site while stalking...
so i will be sharing there too :D XXX


  1. ooh Gina love this dark side you are showing. so inspired to have a go at unleasing my darkness too. So see you on the dark lol x

  2. How lucky to have a willing participant! Pose Perfect! I do admire your style xoxoDebi

  3. this is really darkly beautiful. the hair is stunning. I'd say you did really well with this challenge

  4. I LOVES it when you get creepy, and your artful results turned up with hair that looks very similar to mine. Even the wings look like mine. Of course I have wings! ;-D ♥♥

  5. I love this picture! Love how you took a cheery sunny picture and made it dark! Mua ha ha!

  6. That is brilliant - love how you did this and made him pose !! :-) Great hair technique :-D Thank you for getting dark and creepy and coming over to play at QUOTH THE RAVEN :-)

    IKE xx

    QTR Co-Author

  7. Your talent never disappoints, Gina! This is just amazing and I am so happy that you showed us how this great piece was accomplished, with thanks to you son!! Glad you continue to play with us at Quoth the Raven!!

    Kay Wallace
    Quoth the Raven DT

  8. Hi, Gina
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and also for posting the World Doll Day icon. Fun stuff in the spur of the moment. That's what I like about blogging! I'll be back to see the dolls you post.
    Thanks for participating!
    I have read all of the 'Mortal Instrument' books. The further into the books, the more grusome they became. Your winged 'Forever Dark' drawing reminds me of some of the characters in those books. It's nice your son posed for you. Lovely piece of artwork.

  9. Ooh wau, amazing drawing, love how the image is beautiful but the athmospere is very dark. Thank you for joining Dream in Darkness second challenge, hope to see more of your makes.

  10. Wonderful! I love the use of the paint pens.

  11. This is truly a fantastic make!! To draw you image and using the headstone with Poe's words!! So fabulous! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this month! ~Nan, CT~ and thanks for playing with us at Quoth the Raven this month also!! ~Nanette, DT~

  12. Oh wow this is magnificent. I love your art and its many guises. Love this dark one too.
    Hugs June x

  13. Awesome Gina! So happy you found us at Dream in Darkness!
    Love this so much and your awesome model :) Great muted color and so moody! Thanks again for joining in at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim

  14. Gina, you never fail to impress me. I love the feather hair... the pose is striking.
    Thank you for joining us at QTR for our picture inspiration challenge. BDx