Thursday, September 08, 2005

"Telegraph Man" ATC: Series; Riding the Rails

"Telegraph Man". #4 in a series of 8 for a swap for the Yahoo Group! "artisttradingcards", titled "Riding the Rails". Created 9/8/05. Original. Collage.

The background with images in pastel green and pastel pink are from a book which is an atlas of railroads in America. It is a timeline that shows the train companies and how they changed over time. The small box contains statistics, from the same book, about employees and costs associated with running a railway. The image of the telegraph man with the train in the background was taken from the same atlas. The two themes here were railroads as businesses and showing one type of important railroad employee who didn't actually work on the train (the telegraph man). I also liked that we see a train in the background.

I thought the blend of black and white and color was a good balance. I had tried to use colored images where the telegraph man is now located but it looked too cartoonish and too pretty.

1 comment:

Wanda said...

If you want to add color to something, but don't want it too precise and therefore 'pretty', you might try putting a little paint on something, and smearing it across the paper. I know this works well when you do it on blank paper and then add a rough rubberstamp image, for instance...or draw in pen and ink over the color smear. It might work for what you want sometimes.