This little mouse monster made his way to Illustration Friday as a submission for this week's topic, "Swirl." It's all in the spiral eyes, clearly.
This illustration excites me because I love the idea of blending digital and traditional media. It's a seed of something to investigate, in my own projects. Nothing can replace the beauty of hand-created marks, in my opinion. Although there are a lot of mind-blowing images created entirely on the computer, with no evidence of the artist's actual hand, sometimes I feel like these images lack a certain charm or grit. This definitely isn't always the case, but I think when you go entirely digital, it takes real skill to make a piece that can evoke a rich array of emotions. A hand-made mark on a page is such an interesting concept to me. It's photographic in that it captures and isolates the fleeting circumstances of a specific moment: the moment of its creation. Within that tiny moment, a collection of things were rallying together to influence the mark's physical appearance. The artists' emotions and intentions, the intermingling of materials, and the qualities produced by various tools all interact in that single instant. Of course, this idea is multiplied insanely when it comes to a finished work of art. Thinking about the accumulation of single marks (moments) on a given piece, and each one's history, is a fascinating thing. Children, I think, can feel the power that lies behind our ability to make marks. They love to scribble.
On the flip side, there is also appeal in the refinement and elevation that a digital image can have. Pieces can get super specific, clean, and professional. Arranging elements within a digital drawing is such an awesome experience, with an unfathomable amount of possibilities. Things can be dropped in or cut out in the blink of an eye, leaving behind no scars. It's like some strange mutation of traditional collage-- one with crazy super powers.
I guess this is why I love the idea of uniting hand-created marks with digital tools. I am deeply committed to the power of handmade objects, and yet I also appreciate the things working digitally has to offer. Actually, I recently came across this illustration duo, The Bubble Process and found their work to be inspiring in this way. And their color choices are really neat, too!
On another note, I've begun working on some pages for the new coloring book. I won't say too much, but I've been enjoying hand-making some repeat patterns to include...
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