Lately, I have been fine tuning my art focus from traditional painting to more of a digital approach, using the following tools of the trade: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and interactive canvases, such as http://www.onemotion.com/flash/sketch-paint/.
Below are a few of the sketches as well as an experimental multimedia digital collage I have been working on lately.
“Chicken Mask” digital drawing
For Valentine’s Day, a few months ago, my colleagues handed out Valentines. The one I received was a dog eye mask. I based this chicken mask off of that idea because I thought it was cute and might be fun to comp later on as a festival mask.
For a visual, here is the aftermath from Valentine’s Day 2017, just to recap and give you an idea of what kind of amazing folks I work with. Yes, we are all adults… I think.
You will see above, there is a Grumpy Cat Valentine in there. It even came with a temporary tattoo of Grumpy Cat, himself!
The following two drawings were done using references to abstract bronze sculptures.
“Shhh” digital drawing
“Man Playing Violin” digital drawing
Last but not least, is a mixed media digital collage that I had started working on a few months ago.
Before adding outlines and texture
After adding outlines and texture
The image on the left is before, and the image on the right is after adding detail to the leaves, and cutting the shape of the “Free Fallin'” black background area to be scalloped like the leaves around it.
Here is what I did:
The images were taken from various search results from a Google image search for “leaves.” Each leaf I chose from the photos was isolated and set to separate layers using Photoshop. The magenta leaf with electric periwinkle lines was created by adjusting the color balance in Photoshop. I achieved a color pop effect by selecting the color and brushing it on at a semi-transparent opacity where the most profound veins in the leaf would be.
InDesign was used to set the typography (though I could have used Photoshop or Illustrator just as well). Once the desired look was achieved, I saved it as a .eps file, and exported it to Photoshop.
Finally, using the interactive sketching website listed (http://www.onemotion.com/flash/sketch-paint/), I embellished the leaves by outlining them in a hue a tint lighter than its actual color, and traced the lines in some leaves for added emphasis.