Pattern repeat on Photoshop is my favourite thing!! I completely forgot how much i love it.
I wanted to put my hand drawn designs into Photoshop so i could play around with scale and how it affects the design.
I found that although i really like the small motif pattern repeats, i did not like that almost all of the detail was lost, where as the much larger designs were a lot clearer.
Despite this, i think i would rather have it somewhere in the middle so that it is unclear what they are so that it draws you in and then you realise that they are bums. This is why some of the shapes don’t actually have the bum crack (need to find a better word!) detail on them. I quite like the playful idea that you aren’t quite sure of what you are looking at, but it makes you chuckle when you realise.
I have used gouache before and loved it!
For this drawing i merged 3 previous drawing together to create one large drawing. It was like painting with numbers because i divided each drawing into sections and then allotted a certain colour to those sections, making sure that sections of the same colour weren’t touching.
It took me a while to get used to mixing the paint again, getting it to the right consistency. I also really enjoyed working on a larger piece of paper and filling the space.
I 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.
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.
This is fast becoming my favourite technique!! You can really break down the colours in an image and build it up to see each individual section.
Traced from Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures
Traced from a stone sculpture
Traced from a Matisse sketch