Thursday, April 26, 2012
And I had to break the back-to-front rule. In order to figure out the colors for the mid-range rock, I needed to know the colors of the nearest earth-tones in the image, and those would be in the patch of dirt in the lower right-hand corner.
Of course, I got up at four-thirty and started working. Almost time for my counseling appointment... All winter long I told myself that when I was ready to start work, it would not be a matter of willpower, it would be a matter of yielding to compulsion.
Self, you're starting to figure things out. Now it's time for moss and pitcher plants, and whatever that phallic thing is.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Once this has been done, each color will be brought into Illustrator and autotraced. The end result will be simpler, more elegant, and more 'printerly' than this. It will also be reproducible at any given size. Assuming I don't wind up breaking Illustrator with my ridiculous demands. I've done it before.
The end goal is something that's further away from collage/montage and closer to a 'real' print. We shall see...
I was originally intending to make the central figure dark and warm, with strong earth tones. However, once I started messing around with the sky, I'm thinking that faded, dusty purples that have less color intensity than this blue would give a nice sense of sweep and distance. Time to experiment...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Last week, I started cleaning my studio, and now it's cleaner than it's been in five or six years. My back is fucking killing me, but that is the price we pay for compulsive behavior, is it not?
And then both yesterday and today, I WOKE up shortly before seven, started work, and worked all day long unless specifically engaged with another person. I'm not quite hypomanic, but I'm definitely at the point where a ten or twelve hour workday seems like a delightful idea.
So today I was able to finish the rough design of the next cover for Swill. I've got a few days of rendering ahead of me -- hopefully, this is just a rough indication of what's to come. The finished product will look much less like a photographic composition.
Ahhh.... I'm functioning!