Q&A: mixing styles
Aisha Jones, US
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.
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.