Abstract art is so alluring, but also daunting. The greats make it look easy (Diebenkorn, Rothko, Mitchell), but the reality is that it is so much easier to make a lot of crap. Yet I keep getting drawn to making it. Not sure why.
Lately I’ve been making these digitized brushstroke collages. It started out about six years ago when I discovered James Nares. When I find art that I really like, the impulse is to replicate it. What is the process? How did they do it? It’s like solving a puzzle. Read more
On to the process. I start off with a simple object. In this case I photographed some ribbons, and made them into PNGs with a transparent background. I use the procreate app for all of my processing and design.
I’ve recently been inspired to start adding some printable art to my etsy store. It’s been a slow going process (like – really slow – I started in 2018!) I changed my process to start creating digital art that can be printed at higher resolutions, and I thought this would be great for the shop. The above Fuschia Gladiolus image is for sale and can be printed as big as 28 by 14 inches at 300 dpi. Here’s a sample of what it might look like as wall art: Read more
I then begin a collaborative process between me, my device (in this case a 12.9 inch iPad Pro), and series of Photo-editing apps.
After the images are arranged or combined in Procreate, I start generating new images, often with an app called decim8. I sometimes use an app called PicsArt for interesting filters, and then I go back to Procreate for further layering and collaging. I also use Brushstroke, which uses algorithmic filters to make an image look painterly.
Is it purely algorithmic? Yes, because I always feed an image into decim8, which uses algorithmically generated filters. No, because I produce numerous iterations, and it takes my human eye to determine what is aesthetically pleasing. To take it to the next level, It would be interesting to use an app like decim8 and train it to randomly produce something that is aesthetically pleasing.