Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pantone Plus

I drew some San Francisco houses and scanned them from my notebook:

Then I painted them in value:

And in color:

I never used color much while growing up, instead preferring plain old black and white. I mainly never wanted to color anything because I could never get it right the first pass and would inevitably trash an otherwise good drawing. And unfortunately I was never disciplined enough to teach myself how to use and mix paints. Colored pencils are "easier" but aren't bold enough. I started using Prismacolor markers, as committing as they are, and really like their look (Tuscan Red is my favorite). Nevertheless, I'm still too apprehensive to put color to paper, for fear of destroying many hours of work. However, for better or worse, Photoshop is changing that. Mostly I can paint and undo at will. As this and recent posts might suggest, I'm starting to learn how to work with color. My hope is that eventually I'll learn how to handle real paint at all, especially watercolor and guache, and be able to apply what I learn from Photoshop about mixing color values and temperatures to real paper. Ultimately I want to be a traditional artist, not solely digital. Afterall, Photoshop and other painting software only tries to mimic reality (paper texture, brushes, cutting and pasting, etc). Why can't I go in reverse? Mimic on paper what I do digitally.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New and Used

Ok ok, sorry if you don't like the violence from the last post, I'm just dipping into my childhood of horror movie memories. I've been playing around with photoshop more and have been happy with what's happening.

In the unspecified future I will write about some recent developments and discoveries about Seydou Camara, as well as where I'm headed in regards to public health, human rights, and girl's education in Senegal. However, now is not the time. Hopefully some of the folks who might be interested in both of those topics still follow my blog, though, admittedly I haven't posted a K7 or wrote about Africa in awhile and fear I've lost them into the internet abyss.

Anyway, to celebrate the gears turning here are some fun drawings/combines.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

a quick shot heard round the world

And for fun, another carny game....with a more positive outcome.