How do you do it? Where does it come from? Two of the most often asked questions I get. My most common answer, it depends, is not very popular. Why does it depend? First, let me take you through how I created the art I’m using for the Mini’s. It will help you understand.
When creating the art for the Mini Messenger Bags, I used a variety of 2D and 3D applications. I felt abstract imagery was the way to go. I started the projects with 3D primitives. I manipulate or sculpt them, if you will, until I get the desired look. When I get the look I want from the 3D application, I render it. Render means to create a 2D image. At this point, I can decide if the piece is complete or if I wish to do more to it using a 2D application.
If you look at “Structured” you can see that I kept it very simple. I was expressing the strength that comes from the foundation materials used for building. Architecture is a hobby for me and I’m fascinated by how humans learned and developed the ability to build structures.
In “Rotations” I experimented not only on colors but movement. I went with cool colors, with shades of blues and greens. I chose shapes specifically to make it look like a structure that moves or rotates. Curved, oblong objects that look like fan blades, with spheres mixed in similar to planets. I worked in a 2D application to apply an effect to imply motion.
The first piece is simple and the second slightly more complex. When I started working with this style, there was a lot of experimenting. Going forward, there are times when I will work with a simple style or design and sometimes I will go with something more complex. Which is why I say, “It depends.”
When I sit down and create, I have something specific I wish to express. How I will do so typically develops as I go. The art I’m using now for these bags is one style of abstract that I work in. It’s an adaptation of Abstract Expressionism. My focus is shapes and colors.
In future blogs, I will discuss the other styles I create in and other projects I have going. I will also write about how I put my art to work, as well as a variety of other subjects that apply to art and what I’m doing.
Have a good one!