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Shape Layer Doodling

Keyed and auto-traced video footage, and converted into shape layer paths. Crazy-wide strokes, and thin dashes to cause glitchy Moire effect, and a fill layer on top with a difference transparency. Voila!

Personally I really like the look of this. I’m not sure what a practical use of it might yet be though…

Doodling with Shape Layers from James Merry on Vimeo.

More Shape Layer Sheninigans from James Merry on Vimeo.

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Cor

Cor from James Merry on Vimeo.

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Shop!

I’m selling drawings on Etsy.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JamesMerry

More to come soon!

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Toes!

Here is a silly animation we’ve just made at SquintOpera

Toes from squintopera on Vimeo.

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The Same Pine Cone, but from a Different Angle

The Same Pine Cone, but from Different Angle
The Same Pine Cone, but from Different Angle

Yup, I’ve drawn another pine cone. They’re good things to draw actually; Easy to get lost within their folds and shadows and crinkly bits, although it can be tricky remembering which sticky-out bit I’m drawing at any one time.

Here are some photos of the drawing at different stages of completion…

First find your pine cone. Put it somewhere where it won't be moved.
First find your pine cone. Put it somewhere where it won't be moved.
Sketch out initial outlines. Do this quite quickly to get an overall sense of geometric shape without getting bogged down in detail.
Sketch out initial outlines. Do this quite quickly to get an overall sense of geometric shape without getting bogged down in detail.
Quickly block out the areas of shadow and light.
Quickly block out the areas of shadow and light.
Start layering on more hatching to suggest variations in shading and tone.
Start layering on more hatching to suggest variations in shading and tone.
Continuing hatching away to bring out detail, light and shading. Hatch, hatch, hatch! Hours of fun.
Continuing hatching away to bring out detail, light and shading. Hatch, hatch, hatch! Hours of fun.
Be careful not to spill ink all over the nearly completed work. That would be a disaster. Or art.
Be careful not to spill ink all over the nearly completed work. That would be a disaster. Or art.
Tada! And the drawing is finally complete. I've probably overdone it on the hatching actually, but never mind. I had fun. Hatching can be addictive.
Tada! And the drawing is finally complete. I've probably overdone it on the hatching actually, but never mind. I had fun. Hatching can be addictive.
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More Unplugged Artwork

Here’s another pine cone

Pine cone in black ink
Pine cone in black ink
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Recent Pen and Ink Drawings

I’ve been making a conscious effort to get away from the computer and do more drawings on, shock, horror, actual paper, using actual pens and inks. Photoshop, Illustrator and all the rest are great for doing very specific tasks, quickly, to meet deadlines, but I think they have actually become part of the reason I’ve become stuck into a bit of an artistic rut. Maybe the best thing for me to do is to forgo using the computer whenever I can, and try to get back to, really, what made me interested in art in the first place; Pen and ink drawings.

Re-inspired by a combination of the drawings gallery at the British Museum, a 1-day Drawing from Nature workshop I attended recently at the Royal College of Art, and also by the drawings of Robert Hooke, but also, more importantly, because my mum told me to, I have decided to try start drawing properly again on a regular basis.

Um, well, I haven’t managed to do many drawings yet, but here are a few of the more successful ones so far. Must try harder though….

Fallen Leaf
Fallen Leaf
Conker!
Conker!
Pine Cone!
Pine Cone!
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Speedy Shadow of the Toddling Shoes

My daughter's shoes
My daughter's shoes

The trouble with drawing from life, is that the Sun moves so fast I can’t finish the shadows. I must try to draw faster. Or take a photo.

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Mega Space City of the Future

Mega Space City of the Future
Mega Space City of the Future

I’m trying to make more of a conscious effort to get back to drawing with non-digital media. At least to start off with anyway. I drew the the roughs out in pencil and ink, on actual, real-live, physical paper, did the final line-work really carefully with a dip-pen, and then scanned it and coloured it in using Photoshop.

Not sure how successful this is as an image. I think I need more practice with the dip-pens and to make the line-work a bit more interesting. Also, I am now thinking that some of my earlier colour iterations are actually better than the finished work. Never mind though! Its up on Threadless for voting for one more day.

Mega Space City of the Future, iterations
Mega Space City of the Future, iterations
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Knight on a Bike!

The original KinghtRider. And Kitt, the cat.
The original KinghtRider. And Kitt, the cat.

I don’t know why, but I thought it’d be nice to draw a knight riding his trusty stead.

Here are some of the progressive iterations I made while drawing this.

Progression of Knights on Bikes
Progression of Knights on Bikes