Click on image for larger view.
Above is my most recent digital decalcomania project. I took several quick snapshots of my wonderful stripped birch twig collection. I montaged them together using heavily feathered selections to create new possibilities and to make sure the various snapshots worked well together. Then I used the resulting image as the decalcomania texture to stimulate my imagination and on which to build the finished digital painting.
In Painter 2018, I used the brush named: Just Add Water and the brush named: Digital Airbrush Detail to massage the decalcomania texture until it pleased me. The whole time I worked at 200% magnification so I could see any artifacts and be certain of the quality of the edges I was giving to the twigs.
Next I printed a hard copy. That was when I discovered that this image can be viewed with any of its four sides up and the composition remains successful.
Blogging footnote: I cannot believe how much time has elapsed since my previous post!
I like the fleshiness of these ‘twigs’. I found myself staring down into a tangle of kelp, beached and bleaching in the sun, finding all kinds of dreams in the mess. You’ve really created an interesting quality to these lines with subtle and mysterious treatment to all the edges making the line/twigs alive and dynamic. A powerful piece with as much intrigue and potential as a room full of actual twigs (thinking of your show at the college years ago). Thanks for sharing your methods, too.
Can never seem to get logged into word press. This image of the twigs seems like a living, breathing, spongy entity with faces and figures embedded in. K
Sent from my iPad