Star Boy. Indian ink, wash and pen, and low resolution black and white scanning.
I begin this year where I left off (remember the last post of 2016?). It is the same picture, but the light has changed.
The beginning of this year is black and white. There are two reasons for this.
Reason no.1: In an age where digital art has become super popular, I feel it is important to embrace the role machines play in how we view art. Even though I like to draw on paper with pens I have to put my doodles through a camera lens or a scanner to get them online, and what you see on your computer screen is not the same as what I see in the daylight on my kitchen table. Shortly put, you will never be able to see the same doodle that I do, and I am not going to pretend that you are. The low resolution scanner I use to digitise my doodles changes the pictures, and I like how they go fuzzy and blurry and the off-kilter contrast. The cheap little scanner is my partner in artistic crime.
Reason no.2: Whilst at my parents’ house for the Christmas period I am banned from using liquid inks in the house. Usually this would mean painting in the garden shed, but it has been requisitioned as my father’s personal brewery. As I cannot paint, my only other option is mess-free felt tip pens. Hence the mono-tone.
Aaand, I feel like we have grown closer through this heart felt sharing of artistic thought.
Look out for another doodle next Friday…