Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I hope to produce a series centered on nudes I have drawn, and my own photographs of Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall. As is my wont, the works morph as they reveal themselves. For you Photoshop aficionados, I will explain my approach.
I first colored each of these two photos:
I sketched a figure in a pose that had many many angles, hoping I could line up these angles with those in my layered photos. I scanned the sketch, and removed the background, so I could transfer the image as another layer onto my colored multilayered architectural form. This would allow me to manipulate the image over the color and lines.
Then I could play with each part of the image, lining it up to see how the underlying form and color responded to the image itself:
I have moved the image around and printed multiple instantiations of various sections, all on my favorite cotton sateen. Now I am assembling them -- a very slow process indeed. I am not sure this first project will be successful, but as I work and study, other approaches rear their lovely heads.
What I am learning is that if one can tame the inner critic, the brain's playing-field is wide and long. And the process is wholly engaging.