Digital Charcoals (13)In 2004 I decided to take formal drawing training. Once I learned how to do line and volume - I was working primarily in charcoals - I wanted to see if I could emulate the traditional media digitally. After much trial and error, I ended up with what I call "Digital Chrarcoals". I use Adobe Photoshop with some brushes that I designed, and then limit myself in the digital media to the same limitations that the traditional media has. I limit the digital tools to draw (using pressure sensitivity), the colors black and white, erase, smudge, and NO UNDO! This forces me to be true to the traditional media.
Scratchboards (3)This is something that I saw at a Renaissance Faire and was so taken with the artform, I just had to try it. Basically, you purchase (hardcore people make their own) something called a "clayboard". It's white clay with a layer of very smooth black paint or india ink over it. The way that the image is made is by taking a sharp tool (some people use XActo knives but of course, I had to find something better so I bought some dental tools) and "scratching" away the black. I wanted to do this because I've always loved high contrast images and pen and ink. I thought that this would be a terrific way to train myself to make "every line count". I only did three, but plan to do more. It's really a lot of fun and the end product is really impressive.
Aluminum Sculptures (11)In college, I took a jewelry fabrication class, and REALLY loved it. 12 years later, lovely wife and I decided to take a jewelry fabrication class at our local community college. Instead of having us work with precious metals, the instructor had us work with colored aluminum. I wasn't crazy about it but made these three pieces. They're only about 4-5 inches long and are supposed to be brooches. I always thought that they would be great on a larger scale. Like 6 feet tall. Anyway this was part of my artistic journey, so here they are.