I've been creating digital artwork for over ten years now and still feel as though I've merely scratched the surface of its possibilities. I alter my creations in various applications and print an incredible number of test runs on my fancy (meaning expensive and finicky) Epson Photo Printer. Naturally, I end up with tons of experiments that lead to new ideas. Being a pack rat artist, I can't throw these test images out. That would be both ecologically and artistically wasteful wouldn't it?. By amassing a pile of rejected images, I plan on creating new artworks using collage elements.
I've always loved collage but haven't done all that much in recent years. I had some free time at the beginning of the year and decided to try something new. A haunted face that grew from mirroring one of my digital drawings possessed me.
Chirp (Part 1)
A friend of mine gave me a pile of old sheet music, one of which was a faded, aged, torn and seductive shade of gray-blue. It had the shape of an upper body. I placed both elements, the face and body, on a 18"x24" paper. I glued them down and drew a bent arm that pointed skywards from the torso using ink on a surface that was slightly dampened.
Something had to land on that pointed finger. It looked like the perfect perch for a bird. I threw a bit of fluid paint on another sheet of paper (à la Jackson Pollock) and blew it about with a straw. While it was drying, I created and cut out a bird stencil that I traced over the ink splashes. I scanned the completed reddish bird and printed up three more black and white versions in slightly altered sizes.