The Queen and the Faun
As you may have noticed, I have become a fan of collages. I hope to learn how to do well everything I would like to do with images. LMAC's rounds are an irreplaceable stimulus to do so. This community is my school.
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We arrived at Round 64 of Let's Make a Collage - A Contest for All Creatives on Hive (see the bases here), from the incredible hand of @Shaka, who is wearing gloves so that his fingers do not freeze with the impressive snowfalls that are falling in much of the globe.
I live in Venezuela, in the east of my country, and we have a continuous summer. In January it has cooled down a bit and, those who live in the cold will laugh, today we had 27° and I had to put on long pants. I am cold.
The photograph that came in from the cold, by @Shaka
A little bit of the tropics
The cold can be beautiful. Snow is one of nature's most delicate elements. The great expanses of snow, the frozen trees, the life that stops and the one that wakes up with the winter... All this invites us to gather in our thoughts and in our fantasy. I understand that, but, in essence, I don't think I understand much about the cold. Maybe that's why I wanted to send this faun with a bold look as a bearer of the gifts of the tropics. A little bit of warmth and a bird of paradise to light up the look with colors.
Making people (not very human)
From the beginning I was sure I wanted to put the Snow Queen, from the Brothers Grimm's story, in my collage. However, it was very difficult to find an image with good definition and with license of the queen drawn by Edmund Dulac, that wonder of illustration, and that was the one I wanted. I tried other solutions and, suddenly, how silly, I remembered that, inspired by the works of @quantumg, I downloaded a program that allows me to make people. So I made my Snow Queen with Make Human (thank you, @quantumg), dressed it with snow and cloned pine branches from the beautiful photograph of round 64 (thank you, @Shaka) and made a wreath with snowflakes as seen in a microscope (thank you, Wikipedia).
The faun is another story. I made it in Gimp using two paintings (Two Fauns (1618-1619), and The Faun and the Bacchant(1620)) by Master Peter Paulus Rubens. One of the paintings had the face I wanted, and the other painting had the fruit basket I needed. I love the face I used for the faun. That look expresses the Dionysian spirit. He's a rogue and he's a very nice provocateur. I don't know why, but I remembered a lot of @muelli when I was working on my faun. Heh.
I like animals. I respect and appreciate them. Big and small. Flying and swimming. Oviparous and mammals. Wild and domestic. I eat them or not.If I can, I include their presence, not only in my life, but in all the artwork I can make. The wolves are one of the most beautiful forms of connection to the spiritual dimension of winter. Perhaps they are the part of the dog that gave up on domesticity.
Sky of the sphere
Flower Bird of paradise