Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Collage Obsession: Crazy Carnival (Carnivale Pazzo)
This was an unusually creative idea for a challenge. We were given the image of carnival strongman Luigi (sometimes known as Mario), shown above. In the words of Rick St. Dennis, this week's very inventive host at Collage Obsession:"... my challenge is Carnivale Pazzo-use Luigi to make a composition that puts him in the spotlight at some strange, steam punk, grunge, edgy Carnival on the edge of the abyss or maybe its a more friendly upscale carnival performing for the Queen of Hearts in Wonder(under)land-as long as it's PAZZO-thats CRAZY in Italian." Rick has used Luigi/Mario as a subject of artistic experimentation before; see his comments at http://collageobsessionchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/carnivale-pazzo.html.
This theme was significantly outside my comfort zone (no pretty women's faces, no flowers, no birds!!!) but... I ended up totally absorbed in seeing how weird and dark I could make my digital collage. (It helped that I was submerged in a nasty cold while I worked on it.) Now I feel so badly for poor Luigi! But I have a feeling he'll survive to be the subject of many more art pieces.
Image credits: google, wikimedia commons, graphicsfairy, artfreebies.