Belinda Lindhardt

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Which one will i choose? Framing Drafting Film Artworks

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Following on from my previous post on Willys Bubbles, on framing drafting film, i thought i would investigate a little further to work out which backing option i am going to go with when framing this piece. When doing a drafting film piece its always important to consider this, as your final result will be impacted by this and will mean that you will need to push or pull colours or highlights to compensate.

Its really hard to see the differences in these crude photos but you can slightlyso let me start. What i have done is display the artwork with different coloured card / paper behind them. You can see i have indicated the colour underneath each one.

The most noticable difference happens if you look at the ones with the light and the dark colours. eg. On the white one you can see the highlights on the face look quite exaggerated and harsh, kinda makes him look angry especially for a child where you dont want this look, whereas on the black or dark colour the highlights are not as obvious they seem to blend together more, its softer. In real life the differences are more obvious and the trade off is that on dark backgrounds the skin tones are a bit grey and colours not as vibrant (which is why i made them so bright as i was working) so its important to note that if you are going to do a piece like this and going to have it on a dark backing card you will need to make sure you make your whites white by working on the back and the front of the film, otherwise they will look grey. But if your artwork is prodominately a "light" coloured piece you may opt for a "light backing" so as not to make it too hard for yourself, use it to your advantage.

I haven't decided 100% as yet but i think i will go with the mid-tone backing, most likely the brown or grey. The black looks actually not too bad but i think it might just be pulling the colours back a tad. I will take the final photo once i decide :)


Katherine Tyrrell said...

Belinda - As you very rightly say the backing is crucial to how a piece looks when using drafting film.

When I've used it in the past, I came to the conclusion that it's generally a good idea to work on top of whatever you're planning to use as a backing while you complete the piece.

Belinda Lindhardt said...

Thanks Katherine :) thats exactly what i did :) hehehe

Jo Castillo said...

Knowing nothing about drafting film, I can only say that the piece came out just great. I love the colors and style.

Valerie Jones said...

I like the brown backing the best. I makes your son's portrait stand out.