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Shelly Bedsaul

Topeka, Kansas USA

"Summer of Love"


Art: Summer of Love by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
It’s another for the “Adventures with Toulouse and Alphonse”. It started as a Mad Hatter’s tea party, but when sketching, I was listening to some Grateful Dead and Toulouse told me he really wanted to be Jerry Garcia. Yeah, they had just finished with their kitty pot (catnip). Alphonse has no tolerance. Lightweight!! As you can see kitty claws make very poor guitar picks. This one was just too much fun. I giggle everytime I look at it. 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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