Papirmass 108 features a cozy print by illustrator Abbey Lossing, titled Girl with Dog. What you may not expect about this piece is that Abbey created the colourful leaf pattern first and then built the character around the design.
The woman’s stance is content yet self-assured, her expression suggesting that there’s something happening out of frame that we’re not aware of (perhaps another pup is in their midst, but she knows her trusty Husky won’t run off). Her expression is contrasted with the playful leaves on her coat and punchy pink background upon which she stands.
We are huge fans of Abbey’s work and were thrilled to share her print with our subscribers this December. Scroll down to see everything our art delivery contained!
The bold stance of the woman and her dog provide a strong presence in a print that embraces a soft simplicity. Take a moment to consider the following questions as you take in the elements that make this print special:
Tell yourself a story about this person. Where do they live? What do they do for fun? What is the dog’s name?
How is negative space used well in the image?
Where is the focal point and what makes it so strong?
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” — Helen Keller
Sometimes creative challenges can be made more enjoyable when we work together to create a solution. Perhaps you’ll discover something you would have never considered if you’d kept the project to yourself!
Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Known for being the first blind-deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, her awe-inspiring journey has been commemorated in several films and plays, based on her book “The Story of My Life.”
Patterned, colourful clothing is a common theme throughout Abbey’s work, so for this month’s Creative Card we’ve supplied you with a coat of your own to make as wild or simple as you please!
Us? We went with the former! Don’t forget to tag us with #papirmass on Instagram so we can discover yours.
This month’s mini print is printed with thermographic ink in a deep navy blue. Run your fingers over the illustration to feel the unique raised texture!
We suggest popping this print in the mail and sending it to a friend who reminds you of the girl in the image so they know you were thinking of them!
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