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.
New Vector drawing.
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.
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 😉 – heavy duty laminate. Hand cut.
Found some of the original artwork that I used for them which is below.
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.
So now I have some patterns and watercolor textures. . . . I added them to a digital piece I was working on. – Put a clipping mask onto 3D objects I created in Adobe illustrator. a few actually. see below details.
The bottom image is close to the finished version.
I designed the white square window decals that ran along the entire length of Metreon when it was owned by Sony, on it’s 4th street side.
It covered up the original digital graphics that was once the Airtight Garage branding.