First is a second variation on the last design I completed in July, 2014. It was an experiment in adding unexpected fluctuations into a otherwise symmetrical pattern. It involved rolling dice ... more I cannot say!
|I mean this one - The Butterfly Effect - Illustrated.|
So I followed that one with this new one!
|Uniform Semi-Random Asymmetrical Ring of Power. 8/5/14|
Anyway, the colors and the shapes reminded me of that big, fiery eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings, and that got me thinking about the Ring of Power, and that's where the titles for these things comes from!
It takes a lot of focus to draw all the lines and color in all the bits neatly, and part of my mind wonders widely while all the technical stuff is going on. Part of me is critiquing the current effort, offering suggestions on how to improve the next one. Part is listening to the radio, part of me is watching out for "wild-eyed pistol wavers who aren't afraid to die" and part is greeting customers and holding the door open for folks. It certainly makes the time go by!
Back in March of 2013, I bought a big old box of 100 colored pencils at Target, then said farewell to the ragged remnants of the old box of colors with a few tribute designs.
|I mean this one - Last Stand.|
|and this one - Generations.|
|Requiem for a Colored Pencil. 8/7/14|
I attended an art show in Memphis in August as the 'Featured Artist'. I had all my art spread out around me, and I greeted the attendees and showed off my work, answering their questions, etc. At the end of the evening, I didn't sell a danged thing. But I did bring something to work on while I sat there and listened to the folk-singer who was strumming his guitar and singing to entertain the meager visitors, so the evening wasn't a total waste. Here it is.
|One Man Show/Last Man Standing. 8/11/14|
Then I started playing with cubes again, but in a new and different way!
|Cubic Space. 8/14/14|
|Rubic's Rose. 8/19/14|
|Revealing True Center. 8/23/14|
|8-Point Globe. 8/26/14|
Was it an errant rain drop? A fleck of spittle? a drop of sweat that caused the ink to run? I don't know, but the smudge had to be dealt with! So how? Well, I had three options.
1. Yell "Dammit! Dammit! Dammit!" and rip the whole thing into tiny pieces.
2. Ignore it and hope no one notices.
3. Use the principle that "Nature Favors the Hidden Flaw" and start the color pattern from the point of the smudge.
So I used option 3 with variations and it seemed to turn out all right!
These last two designs are variations on a briar weave but with a smoother, more organic treatment of the secondary elements, with some randomness and off-kilter-ness thrown in. They're completely different, except for where they're exactly the same.
|Decisions, Decisions. 8/28/14|
|The "Idea" of Watermelon. 8/31/14|
Well, that's all the completed new work so far. Next week I'll go back to dredging memory lane for some gems from 2012.
Here's two new picture pages for your consideration.
|Black & White Test 16|
|Black & White Test 17|
The Labor Day Weekend Holiday has given me an extra day to get my next episode of Kevin Koastie ready. I really wanted to finish The "Idea" of Watermelon this weekend so that I could include it in this post. But delay today means haste tomorrow. Now I have only 6 days to decide what Plan "B" will be!
|The Plot Thickens!|