Holiday Cards for 2017

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Decided to use one of my redwood tree drawings for the holiday card. Did a few variations as usual and had a hard time making up my mind which I preferred.

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designs for a web splash page

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This was way way back and I still like the designs today. – I shot some trumpet vine greenery across the street and used the same photo image to repeat using many graphic treatments with a few fonts, colors, textures and vectors.

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What’s old is new – Old handmade biz cards found

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Just found old biz cards I made with an old Epson color printer ( the best btw ) and then plastic laminated them at Kinkos ( remember them? ) photoshop collage of my drawings, paintings and Dover ūüėČ – heavy duty laminate. Hand cut.

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Found some of the original artwork that I used for them which is below.

traditional to digital

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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.

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So now I have some patterns and watercolor textures. . . . I added them to a digital piece I was working on. РPut a clipping mask onto 3D objects I created in Adobe illustrator. a few actually. see below details.

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crackle triptic 5.1

The bottom image is close to the finished version.

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