(Transferred from Hard-copy)
A rough plan of what the lines should typically look like, and went on to explore from there.
Trying out on different types of paper with all sorts of tools. No limits!
Drying the papers and allowing the more inky ones to flow a little .. .
Using a fork and a syringe
Having experimented with multiple kinds of black inks/paints/dyes, i found that dried up chinese ink creates a shiny finish . . desirable.
(Transferred notes from Hard copy Journal)
I found most of my inspiration for this project from one of my favorite contemporary artists, James R.Eads, who was born in 1989, Los Angeles. He had his college education at Skidmore before rising in popularity on social media e.g. Tumblr and Instagram for his (Van Gogh – like) illustrations.
This is his webpage: James R.Eads Illustration
Alternatively, his tumblr: James R.Eads Tumblr
The most distinctive feature of his works is his “reductive” approach in line-making (and thus, images). He does this from a largely black background, and creates the illusion of an image with lighter outlines.
This is my final product. As you can see, I have adopted his approach in making a number of my lines, usually in emotions that have a dark or intense personality e.g. anxious, exhausted. But there’s more to it than the approach of making the lines.
There is the element of “expansion” in his lines, an effect that creates both space and void. He does so by playing around with the size of his lines, the amount of white and black in each region and the direction of his lines. Although most of his work is done digitally, I am inspired to try them out via monoprinting and the more traditional/fundamental methods.
After a number of experiments (using new techniques) on many different types of paper (rice, calligraphy, newsprint, drawing, printing, glossy), I found the best techniques for each type of paper and made my “textured” pieces. The medium used was Chinese Ink. When dried, the ink becomes slightly glossy.
Fine grain Drawing Paper, Bottle Caps & Fingerprints.
Calligraphy Paper, Homemade miniature Paintball Gun.
Rice Paper, Pinkies & Spray Bottle.
MUJI Newsprint, Flick the Paintbrush & Spray Bottle.
Letter-writing Paper, Paintbrush & Pen (hand-drawn).
Newsprint, Dabbing with Toliet Paper.
Anxious: U.N Owen was Her
Embarrassed: Salut d’Amour Op.12, Edward Elgar
Bizarre: Turkish March (Music Box), Mozart
Exhausted: Warette, Rima
Fragile: I Love You, Woodkid
Systematic: Where Are Ü Now, Skrillrex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber
Lyrical: Guilty, Al Bowlly
Turbulent: Carnivore, Giselle
Nonsensical: Luna, Bombay Bicycle Club
Psychotic: Waltz No. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich
Ambiguous: Chopin Style Arrangement – Howl’s Moving Castle OST
Distracted: Fantasie Impromptu Op. 66, Chopin
Sensual: Valse Sentimentale, Tchaikovsky
Sloven: Breezeblocks, Alt-J (∆)
Spontaneous: – (literally spontaneous) –
Aggressive: Smells like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
Awkward: Itsuka wa Romansu
Indecisive: Chou Wasabi, Julien Dore feat. Mickey Green
James R.Eads James R.Eads uses the reductive approach to encapsulate his astronomical atmospheres. The Less is More style and the homage to Van Gogh resonates with me.
Line reference: Overlapping, Smooth, Varying thickness.
Matt Forsythe Matt Forsythe‘s technique is smudgy and thus smooth. Sensuality is usually presented in darker atmospheres and glowing effects from great balance of contrast here and there.
Line reference: Thin, Many, Pencil-like, Chiaroscuro.