Today starts the public display of my work chosen by the Lane Cove Council – follow my journey through my twitter moment
Titled “This Space we Have” 2017, this digital artwork has been submitted for a public art project. An aspect of the brief related to light and whimsical. The title refers to both a public space we have through the art project but also, references to suggestions of space within the artwork itself.
The geometric lines and abstraction allows viewers to perceive parts of things that may refer to aspects of the real but also from imagined or memory. The sense of fun through colour and design could be more prevalent in architecture. Forego the sense of seriousness for just a little and let that creative and freedom loose – just a little.
The colours are obviously bright, a definite change from my cooler, often more somber hues.
The ability for artists to see and develop ideas is imperative – beyond the usual and everyday. Creativity isn’t for the faint hearted.
In abstract works, people often like to “see” something represented. “It looks like a…” or “I can see a ….there in the painting”. While looking and thinking is good way to start looking at an artwork. Accepting the lines and shapes and colours as an arrangement is equally valid.
These works are made “after” a figure drawing. In a way, a remnant but also like a phoenix too – rising from erasing and working over part of the initial drawing. It references too, the cityscapes from earlier works. The style and overlapping flatness returns.
Can you see the figure? Can you see the city? Does it matter? What do you see?
This more expressive cityscape and even dynamic? is the latest way of working in this series. Attempting to be more spontaneous and work with the apple pencil and mark making in less obvious ways.
There is also the use of the coloured fineliner tool in Paper53. The detailed line that his offers is a contrast to the more blurred pencil effect. The light and darks become either positive or the negative, the play with depth and space makes the city more a pattern, a design than the 3D world we know.
Sketching digitally definitely has some pros and cons. The pencil tool in Paper53 using the Apple pencil creates such a likeness (above) so that it is difficult to tell the type of media.
In the above work, the pen and fine liner tool are also used for details and finer work. This allows for example for cross hatching and line work to feature in certain areas.
In other areas, shading with the digital pencil allows a softer and more subtlety in tone. The sketching still is worked and reworked similar to a drawing on paper.
What do you think?