Q&A: mix­ing styles

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Aisha Jones, US

Ross replies

When I try to bring new flavours to a piece that’s almost fin­ished, I try to ap­proach it in an or­ganic, play­ful and ex­per­i­men­tal way. I never know how a piece is go­ing to turn out, but that’s the joy in dis­cov­er­ing new things you haven’t even thought of when em­bark­ing on an im­age.

Here’s a por­trait I’ve been work­ing on: it’s at a stage where I feel I can play with tex­tures and ex­per­i­ment, us­ing a range of tech­niques to drive the piece for­ward to a dif­fer­ent place. I have no idea where it’ll go, but I’m ex­cited to see what dig­i­tal tech­niques can do to the piece and give it a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to what I’ve pre­vi­ously en­vi­sioned. The hard part is to be able to open your mind to en­able the piece you’ve been work­ing on to be al­tered and played with.

I now look for pho­tos and tex­tures that are stock-free and have some­thing spe­cial in them that I find in­spir­ing. It could be a small pat­tern, or the silk­i­ness of a fab­ric, or even the way the light’s be­ing cast on a sur­face. Once I have some images, I in­sert them on top and play with the set­tings and blend­ing modes and see what hap­pens. This is a struc­tured way to achieve happy ac­ci­dents. I then re­ar­range them and elim­i­nate parts to fit my piece.

Christ­mas 2014

This is a por­trait I’m cur­rently work­ing on. It’s a good can­vas for

me to start ex­per­i­ment­ing with tex­tures and add new flavours to.

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