Most of my work has an organic feel and look to it. While I’ve dappled in drawing and paint, recently I’ve found significance in my doodles that litter my notebooks and random scrap papers. I go in stages of drawing rigid shapes to flowing lines. Lately my doodles turn into flowers and vines and trees with abstract appendages. I guess even digitally my mind wanders to earthen familiarity. Above is yet another abstract creation of mine as I experiment with digital art. The dark shape in the center is made of a mirrored image. It looked like a log to me, and as I tried several ways to create a wooded scene around it, I kept coming back to just that one simple shape. But it needed more, so I added a bit of the grass-like thing in the foreground, and then because the whole picture still felt empty, I added an enlarged shadow replica to the background to fill the white space. I like symmetry and balance in my work, and as that’s a regular occurrance in nature, I thought it fitting.
This image is titled “Wood Grass.”
On a lazy Saturday, my distracted self kept coming back to photoshop to play around and perfect the new tools I’ve discovered. I once knew how to do a lot with this program and others like it, but now I’m trying to re-teach myself how to create my mind’s ideas digitally.
It’s interesting how similar I work on a computer to how I work with a blank sheet of paper. My mind still wanders as I play around with my pen or mouse to make lines and shapes and connect them into whatever image happens. I rarely begin with a definite end product in mind–I just follow what feels right at the time. While it’s much easier to play with layers and test different ways to put my creations together on screen, the amount of time I spend is about the same. However, I find myself scratching more digital drafts than physical ones. On screen, I just delete a layer or stroke I don’t like and start over whereas, when I draw, I usually force myself to deal with mistakes and incorporate them into a new, unpredictable image. Ink is my favourite thing to use, and digitally, it’s hard to recreate the precise stroke of a perfectly fine point pen, but I’ve realized that I can now experiment more with colour, which is much easier with digital art.
This image is titled “Fever Surge”.