Three drafts of this piece, with the physical paintings at left, digitally manipulated photo variants at right.
I sketched this piece in water-soluble graphite on board, taking photos of three drafts. I do this for documentation & evaluation, AND because I love the possibilities of digital magic. Often the simpler, rougher sketches are the best basis for digital transformation into new, quite wonderful artworks. These are best online, but can make very good prints also…
I decided to continue with the original, which was pale and ineffective in graphite, and try my hand with acrylic paint. I do use acrylics, but usually work in mixed media, incorporating textures, pieces of prints, etc. such that the paint is a secondary material. Not sure what will happen here!
Of course I am still photographing at every step, and still creating digital versions as I work. The top images are most recent, the images at left are the original photos, and those at right are digitally manipulated.
These are original drawings, scanned and digitally altered. Lots of enhancements used, but the primary effect used is a “wave” distortion. You need to select & see the larger image to enjoy these…
Not quite the same: lots of (different) fine tuning with subtle and not so subtle color and line changes!
These are variations on a digital foil, each with considerable additional coloring by hand. The foiled image was differently adjusted for brightness, saturation & contrast for printing. Then I put in several hours of further work, taking each of the above images in slightly different directions. This is easier to see in the larger view: just select & move through the “lightbox” slideshow.
This re-worked print was done with water based ink, so I used watercolor pencils and a wet brush to make some additions and enhancements… the left is the updated print, followed by two digital foil variation.
This old bird perched on my easel: and now I have two digital collages!
I may have to recreate the heron in a new color scheme to complete the original mixed media on black “artboard” piece…