Fantasy artists tell silly stories...The use of whimsical clay characters in fun artwork helps to bring the story to life. Animated faces and figures with exaggerated facial features or body types will often be used to build the individual personalities of their characters...Creativity comes alive. We may think that fantasy starts with a vivid imagination belonging only to young children. But to many whimsical artists, painting fantasy themes can provide hours of enjoyment as well as technical challenge. The creation of fantasy worlds provides the artist with the same challenges as one who paints traditional subjects and themes. The artist, who wishes to specialize in fantasy styled art, also learns artistic concepts such as color theory and the basic principles of art.
Whimsical worlds can be born from a simple theme, the seasons of the year and holidays, mythological stories or beliefs or purely from our own imaginations. However the artist wishes to portray their ideas, they still draw on artistic knowhow. While the artist who paints traditional motifs or more serious subjects may mimic the realistic , the artist who paints whimsy will stretch the boundaries of acceptable color relationships as well as those of scale, proportion, and even perspective.
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The exaggerated roundness of the gourd body is the inspiration for the characters personality above. From there, proportion and scale inspired the hats and feet. One can see the legs are slender compared to the bulk of the round bodies. The contrast in their line and size is what makes the figures individual characters and personalities.
Woody, the charming forest creature featured in the top left photograph, is also a friend and home to the birds of the forest. The artist draws a connection between them and the character by making them his adornments. These are subtle connections that are made by the placement and scale of each one. The reference to the vine, the leaves and the birds also make the character a part of the forest and not a separate entity of it. Here Gaby Hunter has used a reference to the character wearing a gourd hat on his head, with the gourd still attached to the stem. The stem is also a whimsical feature of the hat and has become the home to tiny nesting birds!
Whenever we are thinking of creating a whimsical design, we should take a close look at how we can stretch the proportions, adjust the scale relationships and incorporate features of the surroundings (forest) into the details of the character.
Artists who paint fantasy themes will often incorporate elements that everyone will relate to. Birds, flowers and leaves have often been used in fantasy garden themes. The difference is often in the use of perspective and scale. As shown in the example on the right and above, the perspective is seen from the eye level of a bug, looking up at the mushrooms, elves and sunshine above. This artistic trick brings the viewer closer to the fantasy. Color is also intensified to bring an element of surprise and happiness to the storyline.
Note that each element of the composition also has its own individual personality, the flowers, the mushrooms and the figures all have animated faces that create their individual personalities!!
Online Art Class - Enjoy the fun of making Your Own Clay Characters
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In this online class offered by artist Gaby Hunter, students learn how to create and paint four different gourd characters. Gaby shows you how to build the character's body using a molding clay, then how to paint the gourd faces and create their individual personalities.
This online painting class is designed for new painters as well as crafters who enjoy painting. It is also an excellent class for grandparents to share with their grandchildren and most especially to add to your Fall Decorating Schedule.
Visit link above for all class details.
Dr Seuss said, 'I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.'
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities'. Many artists might find themselves agreeing with Dr Seuss and the famous John Ronald Reuel Tolkien who has come to be known as the father of modern fantasy literature. Remember The Hobbit and those wonderful characters?
Many artists find themselves drawn to depict themes of pure fantasy and fun. This brings us into another realm of art and introduces us to the lighter side of subject and application. The sky is the limit for this type of art... as the only real limit is that which is placed on us by ourselves!
A departure from the seriousness of everyday life and traditional artistic topics adds to the charm of these characters. Fantasy themes invite us to enter another world where color, topic, and subjects can be born from the depths of our creative imaginations. What better place to bring to life characters and worlds that offer the painter an opportunity to explore without inhibition...
Gourd Painting DVD
“I have always enjoyed working with my hands and when I discovered that I could combine clay with painting; this made it even more enjoyable for me!” says Gaby Hunter, “I’d like to share my techniques with you and explain how to work with clay and paint media together.”
These whimsical characters come to life before your very eyes! Join Gaby for two fun filled hours on her DVD and watch as she molds clay into these adorable figures.
Santa and his tiny elves are hand shaped and built around the supporting gourd bodies. Watch as Gaby constructs and dresses each hand molded figure, learn her secrets as she paints their holiday outfits and turns clay into these little works of art!