My technique is 3 dimensional paper collage. I have a large collection of beautiful papers in an almost endless variety of colors and patterns. I like to customize them by painting and patterning them as needed.
I do a pencil and marker sketch, which I scan digitally, and then rework within Illustrator and Photoshop. My background as a graphic designer is very useful as I often work closely with art directors and photographers to "imbed" products such as jewelry or fashion items within my pictures. My artwork and the products are usually shot separately, then brought together digitally by the photographic retoucher.
The process of making the image is all hands-on. I choose my palette of papers. Next I cut out all the elements of the design, and construct the piece in layers, using foamcore, balsawood, tape, pins, and glue to add dimension.
Then a professional photographer lights and photographs the picture. When the piece is lit, dramatically or subtly, according to the purpose of the illustration, the play of light and shadow provide an intriguing mystery and depth that give my work its particular quality.