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Shelly Bedsaul

Topeka, Kansas USA

Hot Tomato Farms (sold)

Art: Hot Tomato Farms (sold) by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
There's a fresh produce stand in my neighborhood. Most of the merchandise is grown within a few feet of the place. Some, they import from surrounding areas and small farms. The flavors are so much richer. They're allowed to ripen on the vine rather than picked early and shipped from the "far reaches. The people running these places also seem to be a bit more cheerful and personable. This little lady is my homage to them that make my grocery shopping fun. My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom.


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