The Serious Cheetah

The Serious Cheetah is a collage by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Serious Cheetah” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’ve taken a short break from my dessert-inspired collages to return to one of my favorite subjects, animals. This time I thought I’d tackle something I’ve never collaged before, a cheetah. I enjoyed working on the patterned background, as well as cutting out all the intricate shapes for the cheetah’s spots and whiskers.

After completing this piece, I realized that there’s a pattern with the color palettes I use. A lot of my animal pieces use oranges and greens. I suppose I’m drawn to the color green when it comes to the background for my compositions. And I’m looking forward to experimenting with something a little new for my next pieces.

Collie

Collie by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Collie” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I haven’t explored collaging different dog breeds all that much, so the other day I figured I’d tackle a Collie portrait. I decided to use a simplified background with a warmer green, to create more of a contrast between the Collie and the background. I worked in bits of texture as well as solid colors, and I like how this dog seems to be smiling.

It’s always good to explore different ways to tackle a medium. Sometimes I like to work with more patterns and textures in the magazine strips I use, while other times I like to focus mainly on solid colors. Other times I have no idea what direction I’ll lean towards, and that element of surprise is all the more reason why I continue to make collages.

The Long Haired Doxie

The Long Haired Doxie by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Long Haired Doxie” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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Long haired dachshunds are one of my favorite kind of dogs. This portrait was made as a gift for my boyfriend’s parents who got a long haired dachshund earlier this year. Their dachshund is a beautiful puppy who has a lot of energy, and I wanted to see how I could capture her likeness in collage form.

It might be fun to explore different dog breeds in the future. But I suppose at the moment, I’ve got my hands full trying to tackle a number of projects. That’s one of the many great aspects of being an artist – having more ideas than you know what to do with.

The Smiling Koala

The Smiling Koala by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Smiling Koala” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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The other day, I wanted to get started on a new collage. I’ve been thinking that I really need to revisit still life, portraiture, or landscapes again since I’ve been focusing primarily on animals. But then I remembered how much fun it is to make animal collages, so I decided to tackle a koala collage again.

Working on this little guy wasn’t easy. I found myself realizing that koalas are pretty strange looking creatures – they look almost like mice with their rounded ears, and their noses are quite unique and unusual. I think I just haven’t really studied the features of a koala all that much, and realized that I was getting tripped up over the details in their quirky characteristics. Eventually I was able to layer the magazine strips in such a way that I was satisfied with the result. This piece is done…for now.

The Contemporary Unicorn

The Contemporary Unicorn by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Contemporary Unicorn” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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I’ve always thought rhinos were fascinating animals. They look like aliens in many ways, and for that reason, I thought I’d focus on their peculiar appearance when naming this piece. And sometimes you just want to have fun when titling your work!

I also wanted to play around with layers, so this collage has more obvious layers than my usual work. Typically my collages are pretty flat, while this one is raised in different sections. I think I’ll try to focus more on layers and texture for my next few pieces.

Collages from Durham, New Hampshire

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Hannah

Kim’s 8th grade class from Durham, New Hampshire, recently created their own collages. It was great getting to see what they came up with while using my “painting with paper” technique.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Ailla

Their work is pretty impressive. Back when I was in 8th grade, I remember the collages I used to make were more like what you traditionally think of when you think of collage. So seeing what these students made, while only using paper for the shadows and highlights for each composition, was wonderful.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Desiree

I enjoyed seeing how each student used a mixture of solid colors and textures.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Jennifer

Some pieces, like the one above, used a lot of variation in the shapes cut from the paper.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Katie
Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Maria

While other student artwork, like the two pieces above, had more rectangular magazine strips.

Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Mia
Coyle inspired collage made by a student from New Hampshire
Collage by Sophie

It was absolutely wonderful seeing images of what the students made. I hope these young artists continue to make art.

Collages from London, England

Coyle-inspired collages from London

Jennifer, a teacher from London, England, sent along images of her students’ artwork. The students are Year 1 at a London Primary School, and are five and six years old.

Coyle-inspired collages from London

The class learned about my artwork and then made their own collages.

Coyle-inspired collages from London

It was a lot of fun seeing what the kids made. And it’s wonderful to hear that at such a young age, they are learning all about how to paint with paper.

Coyle-inspired collages from London

Animal Collages from Japan

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Bella

Erica’s Grade 3 class from Japan made their own animal collages after using one of my online collage lesson plans. It was wonderful getting to see images of their work – I like how several of the students incorporated magazine cutouts that had bits and pieces of text.

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Cate

I always enjoy hearing from students and teachers who study my work in school, and I enjoy it even more when I get to see what the students have made. It’s a lot of fun seeing how each artist has their own unique style and adds their own bit of personality to their art.

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Julie

I hope these students continue to make artwork. Their work is already very impressive, just imagine what they could accomplish in a few years!

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Kea
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Kiho
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Maya
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Mica
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Riahnna
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Ryota
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Sara
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Utaha
Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan
Collage by Zita

Coyle-inspired collage made by a student in Japan

Malachi

Portrait of a Dog by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Malachi” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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Animals are one of my favorite subjects to tackle when it comes to piecing together my collages. Here’s a piece where I was commissioned to collage a dog that has two different color eyes. I’m thinking my next couple of collages will involve some more wildlife.

In other news, I’m planning to get started with exploring a couple different mediums. As much as I enjoy making collages, it’s always good to change things up every once in a while.

Talking Like a Parrot

Talking Like a Parrot by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Talking Like a Parrot” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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Yesterday I created a time lapse video that shows the making of a parrot collage, and above is the finished piece – a photo in better lighting! I’m realizing that I’ll need to play around with lighting for future videos. In general, I’ve decided that I need to make more videos of my process and I’m thinking of perhaps coming out with a series where I answer frequently asked questions. So stay tuned – brand new content has yet to come!