(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.