Something new. I've begun making digital art.
For the uninitiated, digital art begins with a blank canvas, as opposed to photo art wherein the finished art is derived from a photographic capture. In the case of the later, the artist applies any number of computer adjustments and filters to interpret the photograph in heightened way. A photograph may certainly be captured creatively; photo art reverses the process and interprets the capture creatively, artistically. Notice, I don’t think of the starting point as a photograph – I think of it as a capture.
There is no ‘capture’ with digital art, aside from that which the artist imagines in their own head. The artist shifts their imagination onto the computer screen using an input device like a mouse or, preferably, and stylus and a drawing pad. Every line, every dot, must be input by the artist, versus the computer interpreting lines and dots as the artist instructs it.
Yeah - that’s a fancy way of saying it’s painting on a computer.
For this work, I began by making a pen sketch (which I would later hide just as an artist using a canvas hides their initial sketch), then layered over heavy brush strokes, watercolor and spatter, and finally adjusted the background with shading and graphite penciling.
This is my first completed digital work.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.