another quick color study exploring patterns. it ended up a lot more texture-y than graphic pattern, but it was interesting to see the color interactions
Color composition study, but absolutely no effort to abstract or represent. Using my broken square brush, just a study to pick the right colors by eye from the palette (not from the reference) and get the relationships right.
There's a bit of blue-purple issue on the left side, something with Blogger's display compression; oh well...
at 11:26 AM
I feel like the blockscape thing has about run its course. I've learned a ton and new things have occurred to me. For example it's made me look at mark-making a lot differently, in the interest of speed, and for proposing something different and getting away from what I usually do. So, a first test...
A lot of times I'm just brain-dead in the morning. I don't feel it, and I'll start looking at art to get inspired. It's pretty easy to find something that I really like and that gets me excited. Then sometimes I'll just jump into a remix like this, duplicating layers, overlaying, transforming, re-crop, until I come up with something bit different. It gets me thinking.
I don't expect to come up with anything ground breaking, and I wouldn't take credit for the new image. It's just enough to warm up, get excited, explore, and get the juices flowing.
I've been doing a lot of this kind of thing lately as my morning warm-ups. Just 30-45min each, looking at a master work or photo ref and trying to pass a squint test just using blockbrushes. Hand-picking the values, no eye-dropper tool. As I've gone along I'm trying to push the suggestive language of the squares with some textured dual-brush settings. It's interesting to see what works and what doesn't. Especially in coordinating areas of simplicity and complexity.
They basically fall into 2 categories here, matching black&white, or mentally converting to black&white.
I know they're not much to look at. But they've been a great study already. The biggest thing is that it's all about interpretation/compression, and trying to capture a certain essence in the abstraction beyond a literal recreation. More to come.