diptych of shark 3×5″, ink on paper, photoshop, 1996-2013
Back to my work. I love geometry and math. This piece reminds me of pedals opening and incorporates the black space that I find so interesting. The process for this piece is to create one quarter of the design in a vector program like Illustrator. This was actually created in SuperPaint on the Mac in the 90’s. I would create a quarter of the design then flip vertical and make half of the design then flip the half to make a whole design. I then printed the design on a laser printer. Next, I turned the design/page over and scribbled on the page with a black marker in such a way that some of the scribble covers the design. Then I turn the page over and fill in the areas with a black marker that are bleeding through the page. Then I get out the color pencils and sharpies and color the design by hand. Then I scan it back on the computer so I can make infinite copies. So writing about this piece I get excited about doing more…
So in my usual fashion I print the drawing after I scan it from a little 3×5 notebook. Really I copied it and enlarged it. I then hand colored it with colored pencil and pen. Rescan it and play with fading photoshop filters to create more motion. This is what I get. So what I want is something with detail but based on an old drawing. The original was very small. Little 3.5 by 5 inch drawings. An abstraction about surfaces and shapes. I play with the edge by creating a border that is not perfect. The computer effects are hard to control. I apply an effect like zigzag and then fade it 50 percent to get a kind of ghosting of the drawing. The upper left corner needed more so I sectioned it off and applied zig zag and faded it to 60%.
I like the thumbnail as it is on this word press page.
So the next step is to see if I am satisfied or keep pushing the image. Another print out and hand coloring. Another scan and who knows.
I am starting to look at drawings and decide what to do with them. I have a few to work with and the temptation is to scan them and work with them using digital watercolor in Painter. But I started to scan them and just look at them as drawings. Here is a series of the same drawing examined through modifications in photoshop. I like the scale. These are from mini notebooks like Dunlap uses. Just little sketches. The original is about making marks and shapes. When I brought it into Painter I immediately was overwhelmed by all the tools.
Then I came up with this.
I am going to take this into Painter and zoom in and work on a detail level.