Z6W

Z Scape Illustration

Z6W, Acrylic Ink and Micron Upon Crescent Board 20cm x 40cm

This is a experimental piece, using abstract shapes and line to describe an organic, yet construct assembly. Acrylic ink and Micron pen was used. It was the first time I tried using a subtractive approach. Once a good amount of acrylic ink has been applied to the surface of the board it was sprayed with water to moisten the paint. Then with a regular paper towel, rubbed out areas of the acrylic paint. Some areas stayed unchanged while other areas of the board lost the layers it once had. The look this technique creatures has so much potential. I am trying further renditions on other pieces to see how far this can go.

The spindly “branches” were crafted by blowing onto a puddle of fluid paint. My friend Brian Cavers was using a drinking straw to blow around some watercolor, creating all sorts of shapes. I was a little light headed after blowing paint around for so long. My Illustration Instructor George Zebot suggested using one of those canned air containers used for dusting key boards and what not…the canned air creates a single “branch” to extend a great distance.

"Hurt" narrative  cover, illustration

HURT (TITLE COVER) watercolor with Micron, 20cm x 40cm.

Here you see in this piece, the canned air was used to create the “branches.” The organic, cell-like shapes that I have been experimenting with  compose the objects around the title “Hurt” for the landscape focused narrative  that I have been working on. In the bottom right hand corner, there is a collection of cell modules that look like they form an eye like shape around a smudge…you see that? I cut myself by accident on my finger  and thought “boy, I must be careful not to touch my piece…” Why not? It would give something fun to talk about.  So, I smudged my cut on the Crescent board then painted around it.

Sanity tested, Ian-approved.

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