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…
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…
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….
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.