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Friday, January 6, 2017
One of my goals this year is to work more with the element of shape. When my focus is portraiture, shape is an interesting challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of this exploration. The beginning step for me is to create a two value image from my resource material. I like to play with digital apps to create a NOTAN (Japanese word that is a black and white image) Value Viewer is a good app to create a 2 value image. It also will create a 3 value image. Once I have the notan, then I like to simplify the edges so I can make a stencil to work with. Imaengine is an app that I use quite a bit. I save these changes to my photo roll. I can then put them into other applications for further changes. This image was part of a demo in my workshop where we work with these apps. The stencil allowed me to isolate areas of the face for texturing.
This is a fairly true representation of the color of the actual painting.. This image has been published in the book Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew The best of mixed media and in the latest issue of Acrylic Artist. It appears darker in the published works.
I hope each of you have decided on some creative challenges for the coming year. The best way to achieve a goal, according to the latest research, is to figure out what daily small tasks will lead to the success you desire and focus on just doing the activity. I love this idea!! So, I have decided that each evening that I sit down to watch tv, I will use my iPad to create a new shape drawing and find another artist who uses shapes in an interesting way. I am just sitting there, anyway. Might as well be productive.
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 10:20 AM