Digital Collage

collageI have produced collages in the past and find them quite therapeutic because of the consideration and thought that goes into the placement of each material.

In this piece, i wanted to explore a digital collage to see how the appearance differs from that of a physical collage. To do this, i drew the central image first (without the black outline), and duplicated it multiple times, each time, altering the filters and effects. Gradually, i built up the background with these image variations to cover the majority of the white background by rotating them and changing their size.

Once the background was complete, i wanted to ensure the central image would remain in focus (that’s also why i made sure the background was not the same colour), so i kept it at the original size, but used a black fine liner tool to give the shapes a rough outline. I didn’t want the lines to be “perfect” so i did it free hand to get the essence of the shape, and not the exact replica.

Digital Collage

Discovering the Blending Tool!!

I discovered, what became my  favourite technique, picking out the colours in an image and layering them up, to create a stylised look… who knew it could get better!!

I found the blending tool, and it has changed my life! I  normally struggle to create life-like drawings because i don’t seem to have the patience to commit the amount of time needed to produce realistic work, so i usually opt for a more abstract drawing. I found this tool amazing! It meant i could still use the methods i like that are quite quick and stylised (and save this image so i have a before and after), then blend the colours together to have the final image that is more refined.

I get a lot out of the process because i am able to watch my drawings grow and progress, layer by layer.

Discovering the Blending Tool!!