Black and White – back to basics

Sadly I’ve been neglecting my Wacom tablet. Part of the problem, I think, is that I was so jazzed about all the things Photoshop could do.

What is it that reminded me that limits are good? I believe it was Learning By Heart again. (Corita Kent and Jan Steward) A hundred ideas is just about as bad as no ideas at all. At least, this is true for me.

So, here I am, returning to some basics, working with the simplest of lines and shapes in black and white.




Video Intro/Outro

In my free moments at work, I thought it’d be fun to make a little video signature for videos we put together. I didn’t spend much time on font choice or color. Not even sure if my team would completely approve of the text (besides the actual name of the group).


Latest digital work

I am still learning and playing with my new Wacom tablet. I’ve been re-watching tutorials on Photoshop and playing around in the program so that I can recall how to do the things I’m learning. But oftentimes, I find myself drawn into whatever scribble I’ve begun and it gets more and more layers and more and more elaborate. Here’s the latest:

No Title

Working digitally is a bit like those boards that you can erase so easily: a little pen that draws black and you swipe something across it and it disappears. The good thing about it: you’re absolutely care-free —no fear of wasting art materials, no worries about mistakes.

As I’m looking at this piece, I have to admit, I’ve really not analyzed it at all. Does the easy spontaneity overwhelm good judgement? Or will good judgement come later? Honestly, I have no idea if this is “good” or not. At this point, it’s the process I care about, so I guess I’ll just have to trust that skill will come with more and more practice.

CalArts – Imagemaking

Yes, I’ve done it again —signed up for another Coursera class. Who could pass up a course called “Imagemaking?” If nothing else, it keeps me making. In this class, we have to pick an animal to work with for the duration. I chose the Whooping Crane after scanning through a stack of National Geographics. It’s beautiful, endangered, and in North America, like me. (That is, in N. America, not the first two!)

So I thought I’d do a little Wacom experiment and make a drawing of a Whooping Crane:


Digital Doodles

Sometimes it’s a mistake to share just after you’ve made something, because you think it’s great and then later on (or in this case, right away) you see how many problems there are with it. But I’m going to post this anyway, because even if there are things that I would change, it was so much fun to make that it’s worth posting just for that. After all, it’s the process, not the product, isn’t it?