I love mugshots and ID shots, somewhere I found a collection of ID shots of people who worked on the atomic bomb project in New Mexico in the 40s. This guy’s pic interested me, some research showed that he was German, emigrated to the US to work on the project. Later, he gave secrets to the Russians and spent some time in prison. The pic was hand colored, and composited with an old scan from a Life Magazine ad.
Another composition of the street tar, words from the horse, and some cool old mug shots. I love doing whatever I want with the type.
A collage kind of thing that started with a photo close up of some public art, a photo I took of a Buddha statue, and some wood type.
Some more collage-ey things with type and maps and old images.
Playing around with found old type specimens and some other digital stuff, made into a collage of sorts. The type looks alms like it’s on old tissue paper, I love the transparency.
This is an often seen idea: stacked dwellings in a pile of some sort. I’ve wanted to make my own version for a while, and have several versions of this. It started drawn on paper, scanned and traced in Illustrator, then I added textures in Pshop. I’m mostly pleased, and may animate this some way.
Another creative project from The Jealous Curator. The project was to document, in any way you want, the contents of your medicine cabinet. I started to draw the items, hated that. Photographed them in horrible light, I was going to trace them in either Illustrator or ArtRage, but lost interest in that too. Finally, I mucked around w/ them in Pshop, layered them and added color and type. There are three 11×17 designs, all crammed here. The lower part shows some more detail. I have a moderate amount of happiness with these designs. There was some desperation and some happy accidents, and that’s where the magic happens.
At some point while working on these images (the project came from here)I heard a dub step tune (listen here), and felt an affinity to some lines in the song. This image uses the leave cut out (I loved the shadows created when these were stacked up) and composited a pastel crayon drawing on top, along with type set in LetterMpress. Dig it.
There’s this awesome podcast at The Jealous Curator, I listen to the artist interviews as soon as they download to my phone. The site owner wrote a book about creative blocks and how to get un-stuck, and her site spotlights 12 of them. I finally did one (the first one), a year later. My take was to draw some leaves, color them, photograph them and do some compositing in pshop. I’m pleased. I colored and scribbled and cut out and had fun. I did three more after this.
I loved the type accident from my previous exercise, and wanted to stay with it. This was partially inspired by a podcast interview I heard of a very talented collage artist. This illustration uses ArtRage for the painting and layering, then Photoshop for some additional work. I’m digging this.
An illustration exercise, maybe not all that good. It was random stuff i drew in my sketchbook, then re-drawn in Illustrator and color / texture added in Photoshop. Most all the painting texturing was done on the Surface Pro I have. It still felt lacking, so I added the words on top, these were leftover letters from other LetterMpress projects.
Created for fun, this starts with old magazine scan, painted over in Art Rage, then lots of collage work in Photoshop. Lettering created in LetterMPress. Words from e-horse books, or whatever it was called.
These things make me happy to create: the tar on the street photos, combined with random words, some Gaskell’s quotes and scans and a few other antique images. I love the way the tar looks like brush script. I love the haunted look of the people in the mug shots. I’ve got a few more in mind to do, the files are huge, so maybe I stop after this one.
Another digital collage that started with a photo of street tar, then I have fun with old mug shots, digital letterpress type, and horse ebooks word snippets from their twitter account. I still want to believe these tweets were auto-generated.
While on my bicycle, I’ve seen areas of the road with what looks like tar brushed or drizzled onto cracks in the road. Some of these tarred areas look like foreign calligraphy. They can be beautiful while I’m in motion on the bike, and in still images too. I’ve started playing with photos, just seeing where it leads.