Currently In Progress: Friday, August 19, 2011

I have been experimenting with traditional media to explore ways in which to achieve the textured look I have been able to produce in some of my digital artwork.

Dividing of Sea and Sky

Tree In The Garden

These pieces were created with oil pastels on paper with a dusting of chalk pastels. The paper is a rag watercolor paper, with watercolor applied with a sponge using only a cool color palette. After the watercolor dries I start adding the oil pastel over it to achieve a “broken color” look. Below is further progress on the “Tree In The Garden” piece now with digital media.

The script is my own writing using a calligraphic pen with ink on paper. I scanned both the traditional media composition of the “Tree In The Garden” and the script and then combined them in photoshop with a background texture created from the leafy area of the tree.

Tree In The Garden (Digital)

I have been also working on several drawings that I plan to eventually scan and experiment with in Photoshop. You can see two of them below still in the drawing process. Just click on the image to enlarge them.

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Detail of Above

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When looking at my drawings, people often comment about how detailed they are and find it mind-boggling that I would be willing to spend that much of my time on a drawing. During this last week as I worked on these two pieces these comments were running through my mind, I thought that “maybe this is my way of making some kind of a statement about the immediate gratification mentality of the current commercial culture I see my students trapped within”. Whatever the reason –I throughly enjoy it and find that I fall into a state of meditation while drawing. I’m not any more detailed that Albrecht Dürer or Gustave Doré, by the way –and I have the advantage of the electric light.