Jan 12, 2009

Book with dripping pages

...don't really know what this means. Just an idea that popped into my head.

I was looking at my past work, and I kept coming back to this image: Bounded Leap

This is probably one of my favorite pieces that I've done. I'm using it as an inspiration for my other work.

I've been debating lately whether to start producing more work traditionally or digitally. In the past I used to think that if you didn't produce work the traditional way, you were "cheating". As I've gotten a little older (I know, 34 is still kinda young), I've begun to realize that I need to work the way I feel most comfortable in. As of this moment, it's digitally. I've done watercolor and acrylic in the past, but each piece would come out looking like it was done digitally. I've talked about this before, but, I'm still going back and forth with it. Stinks.

I'll continue to color my pieces digitally, and maybe throw a gouache piece in there. I'm thinking of doing some paintings as well. Something more "arty"...


Josh (musarter) said...

I like the "bounded leap" too. But I am partial: I had red-eyed tree frogs as pets for a while.

On art practices:
Use what ever technique gives you a consistent recognizable style. I also struggle with this myself. I know that if we can create a consistent recognizable we will be much more marketable. I know it sounds wrong to the artist within you, but it is a truth that must be accepted as an illustrator.

Michael said...

Thanks for your continued support, Josh. It's greatly appreciated...

I'm slowly coming to the realization that I need to just draw the way I know how, and in the end, it will all work out.

Artemis Wilde said...

I really like this concept. There are so many things "contained" in books. Reminiscent of Reading Rainbow.

I probably don't have enough experience to give advice about media usage, but I do both digital and traditional. I have an alias who paints. That way both of us are satisfied. Just a thought.

Curious Art said...

I'm enjoying your blog! This image immediately grabbed me & reading the text I found it a curious coincidence that you're dealing here with the same digital/traditional struggle... I firmly believe that one can create gorgeous art with any medium, but I now realize that there is no way I'll ever be entirely happy working only digitally. I just love the tactile qualities of the materials too much. But I'm still completely dependent on Photoshop & technology! Overall I'm very grateful for the range of techniques open to artists now.