Every now and again I decide to play around with the more ‘arty’ features of Photoshop. I’m fine with it from a design a website point of view (though it’s not really the way I do that anymore) but, when it comes to using it for art projects and things like that, I know my limitations.
It makes sense to try to push the limitations though. Here is a very simple first attempt at layer masks and brushes.
As I attempt to draw more I become more aware of the kind of images that I aspire to. I am far from finding a style, as I am just drawing a variety of things and playing around.
I am also aware that I am using the images of other people to help me try out techniques and things. This often makes me wonder if I am bordering on stealing people’s work. I really hope not, and I’m certainly not profiting from anything that I’m using.
One such situation comes from a couple of images I have just drawn that were very much based on characters in a book called Belinda and the Bears Go Shopping (by Kate Umansky) – the book is a lot of fun and made for great bedtime reading with the kids last night. Part of what makes it fabulous, as with so many kids’ books, is the illustrations. They are by the very remarkable illustrator, Chris Jevons who has recently joined Oliver Jeffers at the top of my list of favourite illustrators.
His work can be seen on his website which is, incidentally, one of those websites that clearly knows what it is for, and allows its purpose to speak for itself (ie – displays his work) www.chrisjevonsillustration.com
At the weekend Isaac and I attended a great event called Press Start – it’s a semi regular event held at a nearby church and mostly involves playing on old school consoles such as the SNES, Megadrive and so on. This month PacMan was on a large screen and I think I set the high score on Tetris on the Gameboy plugged into a SNES. It’s a marvelous setup with coffee, donuts and even the tuck shop to give the whole event that sweaty / sticky / noisy arcade feel from the 90s. Isaac loved it (though he would like to be better at the games…)
Anyway. Inspired by that, and my current drawing of hands I submit to you, loyal reader, two of my latest sketches… I shall call them “Hand” and “Press Start”