I’m a digital artist. When I started creating photographic art a number of years ago, I began by throwing caution to the wind. I figured a “style” would emerge as I progressed and learned. As time went by, it became obvious that few of my images resembled one another.
If I could offer you one word that describes my style, it’s “experimental”. Artistically speaking, I’m all over the map and that’s what makes it exciting for me. If you expect a certain “sameness” throughout my work, you won’t find it!
When I first ventured into photography many years ago, I was a purist.But over the years, oddly enough, I’ve become pretty much the opposite. The descriptors best fit my art are funky, wild, crazy, bright, and saturated! To me, that’s what digital art is all about: taking a basic photograph and massaging it using Photoshop and a multitude of the fabulous plugins, presets, and artistic filters that are now part of my arsenal.
Here’s my process: I usually start with a photograph, occasionally I’ll begin with a blank page and a funky idea. First I edit the photo the traditional way for color, exposure, sharpness, etc. After that I follow no script. I go with my gut feelings and the messages my imagination coughs up.
Each “piece” I do is an entity unto itself. Sure, I have my favorite filters, but I try to stick to the integrity of the image as it evolves. I put it through its paces, applying filters, color gradients, patterns, brushes, effects, and backgrounds. This can sometimes take a couple of hours, but more often a few days, working off and on.
When I’m satisfied I have made something website worthy, I’ll save it to a folder I call “Short List”.
There are thousands of ways the same image can be enhanced, manipulated, melded, and blended, and thousands of stunning final images possible. I can only hope to scratch the surface! I usually end up with a group of about seven or eight image files in my Short List folder.
When I’m ready to post to the website, I won’t have seen the images for a while. So I’m looking at them with fresh eyes. I open up the oldest group in Photoshop and view them critically. I’ll choose what I consider to be the best one (occasionally, I’ll trash them all).
I’m confident enough to think my stuff is pretty good, but realistic enough to know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And there’s plenty of competition out there!