Here’s a very quick experiment. I always thought tracing anything would be like cheating. Well, maybe not if you trace something you drew yourself. I wanted to cheat in the most direct way. So I took a photo of myself, traced, and painted on it (digitally). I didn’t get “precious” drawing, or even painting. I just wanted to experience what it feels like to trace over an existing image. We do this as kids, and never think one thing of it. Then you grow up, and its a different story. Visual plagiarism!
The theme for Illustration Friday this week was “Perspective”. I have taken a liking to submitting a weekly image ever since I entered Escape from Illustration Island’s contest last month. The prize for me was realizing I could use this to have a weekly experiment, and keep up the pace posting work on this blog. It’s a great chance to explore, and learn. Sometimes, it will be yield a nice result. It is fun to do, and now I can’t get enough of getting my hands dirty, and throwing caution to the wind.
I had little time (again due to unexpected family events), and so, I categorize this one with the rest of my “time constraint” experiments. As it is, I should be in bed. I think I made the deadline, but it’s really not that important now. Just the fact that I finished a piece tonight is good enough for me. You can tell by how rough it looks. I will probably repeat a tracing experiment without the time constraint to really experience following contours
As you can see, the traced lines are not exact, so I didn’t use any graphics software help for detecting lines, and edges. I was mostly getting the feel of the tablet. The color was added to make it pleasing to the eye. Oh yes.. the eye… I made it stand out to stress the “perspective” theme. The thumbs up?.. well, it reflects a personal key moment of emotional events this week, that actually turned out fine, I’m happy to say. I had other ideas for this week’s topic, but they all vanished in a second, yesterday, when the “thumbs up” related incident happened, and it froze in my mind. Inspiration has a funny way to creep up and jump on you when you least expect it.
It came out having a simple graphic style, which I was wondering about as styles go, for some time now. Actually, the colors remind me of a good friend’s recent work. That would be Thomas James, of Escape From Illustration Island. Here’s an example of one of his concept images. He’s been experimenting with concept as the main driver for his latest personal pieces. Very thought-provoking art. In fact, his last piece taught me a lesson in visualizing and analyzing the deeper meaning of art work. It was nice to remember that concept and meaning are one of the biggest elements in fine art. I had been so technically focused on process and techniques that I had almost forgotten about meaning as one of the main aspects of any work.
This was fun, and quick to do. More of a graphic artist type of thing. Variety in art is very good for the soul.
Well.. that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed it, and that it helps you see images in a different “perspective”… try new things, think new thoughts, and search for meaning where you would otherwise just give a passing glance. You’d be surprised what you can find.
Have a great art day or night, but have it!