Let It Out by Claire Elford


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This is a very complex image, made with about 10 layers in Photoshop. I started with a fineliner drawing of a woman’s face. I was influenced by Byroglyphics, the graphic designer, but in the end my work came out very different to his, which I was pleased about. I dropped ink onto the page and spread it with a straw. This turned out very random and chaotic as the ink ran across the page and spread out like tree branches. I then added red and brown ink, and the image evolved of its own accord. I scanned it and tidied it up in Photoshop, then adding effects like the ‘halftone’ spots, textures and a graffiti background. I am pleased with the result, which fits with my theme of chaotic movement.
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byroglyphics, drama, face, girl, graffiti, grunge, ink, mood, street, homepage, popular, sales, success

Babibell is an architecture student who loves photography, digital design and illustration.

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  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

    This is a fantastic piece of art. I really love mixed media work like this, miss doing it actually :))

  • Thank you very much! What a lovely comment and fave! I hope you can try it again sometime!

    – Claire Elford

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago

    absolutely awesome work

  • Thanks very much!

    – Claire Elford

  • Lesley Ritchie
    Lesley Ritchieover 4 years ago

    cheers l;esley

  • Thanks lesley!!!

    – Claire Elford

  • Elucidate
    Elucidateover 4 years ago

    remarkable mixed-media work.

  • Thank you Jordan!!

    – Claire Elford

  • Jeff Clark
    Jeff Clarkover 4 years ago

    This is flat out fantastic! Great job!

  • Wow! Really nice comments! Thanks so much :D

    – Claire Elford

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 4 years ago

    Wonderful and creative work

  • Thank you very much! I am overwhelmed with all the comments! :D

    – Claire Elford

  • Tiffany Atkin
    Tiffany Atkinabout 4 years ago

    this is cool babibell – really like it – and nice of you to take the time to explain your processes in the description :) – love how the ink drips turned ou!

  • Thanks a lot! I’m so glad you do!
    Me too!

    – Claire Elford

  • Jenni Atkins-Stair
    Jenni Atkins-S...about 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much! :)

    – Claire Elford

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful…. in its’ complexity and simplicity….

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Claire Elford

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 3 years ago

    Sincere congratulations.
    Anna & Rhonda

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  • Thank you so much! I’m honoured.

    – Claire Elford

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