MY RECENT work...
My recent images are abstract digital compositions created using a number of software applications interchangeably, like Adobe Fireworks CS6, a vector creating software, Illustrator, and Inkscape. Fireworks includes Photoshop filter gallery, which is a one-stop place for working with filters in your documents. Photoshop Element is a great software I like to use editing photographs and more. My projects often results in many variations of an image, usually a different color background, or texture appearance because I'm experimenting and exploring, blending modes and filters until I get something I like. You may find some of these images on t-shirts and other merchandise at my Designs and Art Products store.
The Squid Design and Abstract Explosive Hair, in the second row below are two of my images from my upcoming mixed media exhibition “Textures and Color” series, at Artworks Downtown in San Rafael. These two images have been through the computer process of the design. They have been reproduced on poly blend archival stretched canvas. They will go through a transformation because I am now using acrylic paints with gels and glazes adding texture and color for a final design. That will be the last stage or step in the process. I will upload the finish designs in the entire exhibit when completed, so that you can see how the texture and color changes. These artwork in this exhibit are originals, however they will be reproduced for prints.
Abstract Locs project
I actually started out with a photograph of trees as the backdrop for this design; inserted an abstract image drawing, applying filters, using blending modes, adding color, smoothing with various brushes until I completed an effect I liked.
My first "Faces" project was done using President Obama's public domain image in 2009. My current series uses several images overlaying them, using filters, adding color and drawing to complete the composition. I often get surprises.
Vote the Environment project
Vector posters for Creative Action Network Campaigns. This image was not submitted. However, submissions were made to the Gun Show, Recovering the Classics, and Vote the Environment campaigns. Visit the projects.
Abstract Digital Design
Designed using bamboo stylist and texture comb brushes, angled
vertically and horizontally. Drop shadow brush used for
smoothing and blending colors.
Digital SQUID Design
A digital painting design using three Photoshop brushes; an ink blot, watercolor fat tip and squid
brush. The squid brush produces soft flowery style strokes.
Resources: I do not recommend buying expensive software applications. If you're employed, let your employer pay a license fee for the application if you use it at work from the "Cloud" subscription. Remember the "Cloud" software subscription is not for everyone. If you want a powerful imaging editing and manipulation software tool on your computer, I recommend a free open-source software like GIMP. It gives you the capabilities that Photoshop provides and is very comprehensive. Also, Pixlr is another free online cloud-based image photo editor that you can use from your browser. Just join and start creating. If you are having problems learning these tools, search, find and watch video tutorials on You Tube. These things take time, and you've got to stay with it watching again and again. Rinse and Repeat!