|Rain Forest, Digital Art 2012|
|Kick-off digital photograph|
What do you do while paint dries or you want to relax your drawing arm, or you just don't feel like facing the challenges of portraiture 100% that day? I have fun. This weekend I fooled around with watercolor or digital photography special effects and the Paint software. You saw the results yesterday, one of which reminded me of Jackson Pollack, the non traditional, unconventional, well connected, Expressionistic artist of note. You all liked that one best of the two experimental works.
I wasn't comparing myself to Pollack. He was a notable mover and a shaker who did things his way and had spousal connection and a great friend in the art world with the best of the best public relations. I'm just me who likes to fool around when taking a break. The results however were Pollackesque, as is the digital painting I did this morning.
Breaks clear your head, give you a fresh outlook and send you back to the studio refreshed. I'm all for them. This morning, in between laundry loads, I took advantage of the time and worked on the second digital photograph that nobody liked. It was too blah. Unmentionable. I agreed. BUT: something about it reminded me of my rain photograph. I ran down and got it and using it, opened White Asparagus (for lack of a better title) in Paint. I digitally "painted" into White Asparagus using the rain photograph as the kick-off. I like what I got and also got a clearer idea of why my acrylic painting of Rain Forest had been disappointing. It wasn't broken up enough I was trying too hard to follow the photograph and didn't let loose.
Back in the studio, JD is back on the drawing board. In this drawing he has his mouth closed. I like the look in his eyes. I'm going slowly and used the grid system to get the angle of his head. That angle is important if his pose (playfully perched on that fence) is to be believable. In the painted portrait, I'm thinking of using the eyes from this photo and the smirking smile from the other.