The Queen of Hearts
Off with their heads!
I'm jumping back in Wonderland again, this time with the Queen of Hearts, and I literally thought I was going to lose my head with this one. This image took four weeks to complete, and for a moment there, I didn't think it was going to come together.
Initially, I had planned to create a card army to accompany the Queen, but that didn't work out like I had hoped. When I found this stock photo of a flamingo, the image started to evolve into something entirely different from what I had originally imagined, and I'm glad it did. As you can see, there is a lot involved in this one. Here are some of the pieces that went into this image.
I used this beautiful Victorian sofa to create her chair by cutting out the middle and blending the two ends together and the heart shaped picture frame became the top part of her scepter. The roses were the tricky part. First I had to make them white, then I hand painted the red brush strokes using various Photoshop brushes, then added a bit of dripping paint on a few of the roses.
The dress is by far the best part though, and I am so grateful to my beautiful model, Joella, for creating it. She made everything herself, from the stunning card corset to the crown and skirt. I can't even imagine how long it took to put all those cards together to create that corset. I am truly impressed with Joella's costume design skills! The only thing I changed was the skirt, which was an accident. I was trying to smooth out some of the wrinkles with the smudge tool and, well . . . one thing led to another and I ended up painting the entire skirt. I love the waterfall effect it created though, so I'd say it was a happy accident.
From here, I plan to take a little break from the main characters of Wonderland to focus on some of the more obscure characters, and possibly some of my own creation. So the next Portrait of Wonderland might not be at all what you'd expect. I hope that Alice will stop by for a visit sometime soon, but I've yet to find the right dress for her, so it might be awhile before we see her.
As always, thank you for following along in this fun little journey. I hope you enjoy watching it unfold as much as I enjoy creating it. Until next time, my friends!