The digital art thing – post figurative

Digital drawing with iPadPro and Paper53 app

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?

Abstraction Meets Autumn

 

iPadPro and Paper 53 app - is it still life? is it abstraction?
“Abstraction meets Autumn” 2017 digital image

The subtle colours of Autumn, the geometric and organic play of shape and line provides the context for the latest work.

The questioning of still-life vs abstraction..can it be both? How is each term defined and which “sits” more comfortably with the audience.

The above artwork was completed on the iPadPro using the Paper53 app and the Apple Pencil. It is hard to describe the techniques and effects available through the pencil. Making it work for me as an artist has been a 6 month time of experimentation and constant recharging. As with any media, making it work for you is the ultimate challenge. I feel its working.

2017 new digital cityscape

A new digital cityscape created on the iPadPro

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.