Hello there. I hope you are all doing well and find plenty of occasion to fulfill yourself and get closer to your life's goal. I personally have had a bit of an art block recently and I feel the need to renew my curiosity and dig into new wells of inspiration. I am ok with that and I am getting ready for the next wave coming up my way. To maintain a healthy and consistent discipline while being isolated in the mountains and working home alone can be sometimes challenging, but here you go: one can find pros and cons to any situation.
I actually made a discovery last week while looking at a little sketch that grew organically, layer after layer over the course of the year. After doodling away on my travel sketchbook I finally came up with this image:
After I finally drew with ink this little character I felt I was onto something interesting at once narratively, aesthetically and conceptually. That gave me the impulse to experiment again in this direction but in a more deliberate manner. I picked a piece of nice, non textured, heavy paper and looked for a spontaneous composition aimed at exhibiting the layered effect of contrasting media. I wanted the media to interact like personalities interact with each other, so that every application retains it's autonomous purpose while leaving space to breath to the other marks. I decided to work as fast as possible (to safeguard the impression of randomness and organicity I had found in the original sketch) and one hour later I came up with this:
Graphite, ink, acrylics, color pencils, markers and oil paint all collaborated to harmoniously reveal this multi-dimensional visual space. Whatever story the overall image tells is up to each. The toughest decision to make regarding this kind of images is when to stop.
But it didn't stop here in fact, for some Photoshop magic had to be poured in there to complete the formula. At this stage in my use of photoshop I generally don't mess-up to much with my images, simply making adjustment here and there, probably by respect for the traditional arts. But little by little I am becoming less ashamed of transforming my productions and I take them a step further by giving them a "digital skin" of sort. So here is what I came up with at this point:
I basically inverted the colour scheme of the image. This is a drastic effect that I like. It does not work with every images, but in this instance I think it does add to the original without perverting the concept.
I will continue to experiment in this direction. And this actually motivates me to break free from my current art block. I hope you guys follow me on this one and that this kind of imagery is of interest to you. I would love to hear your comments on this. Do you prefer the original painting or do you actually think that the photoshoped version works even better? Don't be shy, and let me know, if you have the time, in the comment section.
That's it for today's Trail of colour. I hope this has been of interest to you (if it did please feel free to SHARE that on social media and with your friends) and I look forward to chatting with you about all that. Wishing you an inspired week ahead.
This is Adrien, signing off. Peace.