Repeat patterns in illustrator, holiday greenery.
watercolors to a digital piece of art.
Just a small “How I did this” – I started with a series of watercolors, done on a watercolor block. – very wet on wet technique, just using strong colors, to bleed out. Some of them, i masked a section, making a rectangular shape that cut across the paper. – After the painting dried. I coated it with a thick gum arabic solution and then used a hot blow dryer to quickly dry the surface and create cracks on the sticky gum arabic. . . . you never knew what you would get, sort of the fun part of the project. – Once the gum arabic dried, you have a nice slick surface with cracks. So now I mixed up a nice a dark indigo color, washed down the whole image, let it set for a minute or two, then I buffed it away like i was wiping a copper etching plate, careful not to lift out any pigment in the cracks, only want to remove the surface color . . . following? – what I got was the dark stain to stay in the cracks. . . . after a day of drying, I popped it off the block. – I painted about 30 different pieces. some even had an image in the center. Sold most.
So now I have some patterns and watercolor textures. . . . I added them to a digital piece I was working on. – Put a clipping mask onto 3D objects I created in Adobe illustrator. a few actually. see below details.
The bottom image is close to the finished version.
Rod Cavazos, the Principal at PSY/OPS & Adjunct Professor at CCA in San Francisco has some of the most fun fonts on the web. . . . Rod says “Hi, we’re PSY/OPS Type Foundry, a creative studio dedicated to typeface design and alphabetic innovation. We build typefaces all day long — and occasionally all night long. Our primary commissions are for tech giants and manufacturers, game developers and print publishers, as well as other foundries and design firms. We also love teaming up on more personal / experimental / academic projects. The quirkier and more challenging the better. Between client engagements, we work on fonts for our own eclectic library.”
A few years ago, well maybe more than a few years ago, Rod Gave me some fonts to have fun with and I spent more than a few weeks adding them to some digital artworks I was making at the same time.