Thursday, 19 March 2015

A Little bit of Magic

This one is very different for me.  The image (The Magician) was coloured for the Make It Crafty in the Spotlight colour challenge.

The first task was for me to find an image that would look good in a spotlight.  So what I was really looking for was some sort of entertainer and I thought this one fit the bill perfectly.

Next task - look up spotlight photos.  I discovered something I didn't know here.  When a spotlight hits the ground it forms an ellipse BUT the ellipse isn't actually at the base of the spot light it's outside of where the light hits the ground!!  There must be some geeky physics terms for this (perhaps I should as the guys at work).  Anyway here's a close up of what I sketched.

So first I coloured the magician a lighter colour inside the spotlight area and darker outside.  I then added some shadows to his clothes and made lighter spots on both him and the rabbit for a shining light effect.

I then sketched a shadow slightly behind and to the right of the magician and coloured it.  Once done I moved onto the inside of the spotlight.  I used a darker yellow at the edges of the ellipse and downward lit area and a lighter yellow towards the centre.

The outside was created using three pens a dark blue a very dark blue and a blending pen.  The lighter of the two blues was the one I coloured first.  The darker one was used towards the edges of the card.  Once down I thing started to use the blending pen to lighten some of the area around the spotlight.

So to finish him off I mounted him onto some plain black card stock, used some black self adhesive gems and an appropriate Magical Birthday sentiment form one of Lili of the Valley's art pads.

For those of you that asked me how I did it I hope this helps.
Andrea x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Cardz for Guyz - Clean and Simple
Addicted to Stamps - Celebration
Polkadoodles - Birthday
Create & Inspire (Formerly A Step in the Dark) - Anything Goes
Make It Crafty - Colour Challenge - In the Spotlight


  1. Awesome! Thanks for joining at ATSC: Celebrate

  2. Wow, I love the way you researched this to make sure it was accurate and shared your findings with us! A really effective card, and very realistic because of your research. Thanks for sharing it with us at Cardz 4 Guyz

  3. Now that's something I didn't know before! A fun image beautifully coloured and the sentiment matches perfectly.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  4. Senstational. Amazing research and creativity to create your spotlight. Your card fits our theme so well, but I wouldn't insult you in saying it is simple. So pleased you have shared this and the information with us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  5. you can tell you are an artist, that level of detail on the spot light shading! Lovely card

  6. What a brilliant image and layout, just wonderful. Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles this week
    <a href="”>Penny</a>

  7. Oh My, Amazing card.Thank you so much for sharing your creation with us at Polkadoodles
    Naz xxx

  8. I really love your card and your coloring is awesome. Thanks for joining our challenge over at Addicted To Stamps - Veerle DT

  9. You've certainly put some work into this

    Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz this week and hope to see you again soon x

  10. wowzer Thanks for joining in the fun over at Polkadoodles this fortnight.

  11. Wow, this is fabulous. Great image and love the spotlight.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Pat K (GDT)