Treat­ing art as sci­ence

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

At its most nat­u­ral, my paint­ing process is far more an act of ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­ery than one of state­ment and cre­ation. I’m hap­pi­est when I treat my work as sci­en­tific re­search in the pur­suit of ques­tions and gen­er­ally have much less suc­cess if I have the ex­pec­ta­tion of re­veal­ing con­crete an­swers. As artists, though, we seem to be in too much of a hurry to­wards the des­ti­na­tion or just as of­ten have been hur­ried there by oth­ers, dead­lines, or im­pend­ing bills. Our lives are much richer when we tend to the jour­ney and not the des­ti­na­tion.

De­cem­ber 2014

Suit­able use of layer modes

I’m look­ing for in­ter­est­ing shapes that match the ex­ist­ing world. My key Pho­to­shop tools are sim­ple trans­forms as well as Lighten and Darken layer modes. I pre­fer th­ese modes be­cause they don’t com­bine the pix­els from each layer like Mul­ti­ply, say, but in­stead over­ride what you see with ei­ther the light­est or dark­est pixel from ei­ther source. It re­sults in a cleaner hy­brid.

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