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Creating art inspired by double exposure photographs
Hey everyone, Katie here, your resident doodler, painter and galaxy-obsessed artist! Are you loving the Season of Dreams as much as I am? Dreams are so magical to me.
Have you ever seen double exposure photographs? If you haven’t, here’s a description of what they are:
In photography and cinematography, a multiple exposure is the superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image.
I’m inspired every time I see a double or multiple exposure image, they seem surreal to me, and often what I image dreams to be. Dreams are weird and lovely, and can have multiple meanings.
I really enjoy creating artwork inspired by double exposure photographs and today I want to show you how to draw a double exposure. There are multiple methods you can use, you don’t have to know how to draw to create double exposure inspired artwork! However being that I love to draw, that is what I am showing you. I’ll talk a little more about other methods at the bottom of this post.
You want to start off by deciding what your “photos/designs” are going to be. For instance, if this were a true photograph double exposure, are you combining an image of a flower with the image of a face? A horse with the image of a forest? Decide what you want to use to represent your dreams.
I start by sketching out my main outline. Today I’m drawing the silhouette of a girl, looking up (dreaming?), and she’s going to have galaxy hair, with trees in the foreground.
If you’re not confident about drawing, Back in the Season of Introspection I shared some general guidelines for drawing a face. OR you could try tracing an image!
After the initial sketch, I always go in and redraw the art with a fine tip black marker.
Time for the magic to happen, which is in the coloring! I’m partial to watercolors, but you can use whatever medium you are comfortable with.
I started by painting in her face and the trees, and then I added in the galaxy hair. Learn how to paint a watercolor galaxy here.
How else can you create double exposure artwork without drawing?
Use magazines: You can cut magazine images into the silhouette of a shape to get a double exposure effect, like I did on the page below. I used a photograph of butterflies, and cut it into the shape of a hand.
Another idea for using magazines, is to combine multiple images. Try cutting flowers out of paper and adhering them onto the photograph of a model, placing them in her hair.
Create a digital double exposure effect: If you’re familiar with using photo editing programs like photoshop, try creating a double exposure photograph on the computer and then printing it out to use in your art journal. Here is a tutorial I found for doing this.
Need inspiration? I found these lovely images on pinterest:
Here are some of my styles of double exposure artwork. Obviously you can create your own styles, I want you guys to experiment! Try printing out a photograph of yourself, and painting clouds on top of it, or sketching around your hand and filling it with words.
Katie is an Artist located in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.