Fooling around is good for you

Antelopes collage

I think that it is a good idea to reserve a bit of every day for a little fooling around. It breaks up the day and it is an opportunity to try new things. For me, it usually involves doing drawings on a Wacom pad using Painter 12 on my computer. It really takes the pressure off. If you make a mistake you can just erase or select the offending section or the whole thing, hit clear and begin again. And, once you have a drawing that you like, you can play around with it in PhotoShop. That’s what I did here. The original drawing was a multi-layer affair in varying earth tones. When I was done, I got it in PhotoShop and played around with the color and lined three color versions up in a collage. And that was it. No mess. No fuss. Of course, the original drawing or any of the others in the collage doesn’t exist except as an ink jet copy or as a file on a hard drive. But that’s OK. It’s just fooling around, right?. If you’d like a PDF copy of the artwork above, let me know at mmgilbertstudios@gmail.com.

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About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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