When I was made redundant I decided that I would dedicate as much time to learning as I possibly could. I’ve attended residential courses and I’m working through my cartooning diploma, but nothing gives me greater satisfaction than starting off with a blank piece of paper or a blank screen and seeing where my imagination takes me. It’s like turning the end of a kaleidoscope, not knowing what the outcome will be, even though it’s your hands that are doing the work.
Today I started with the outline of a tree, which I took into Photoshop. I contemplated how I could best create the bark, and then the answer came to me: with bark of course! I skimmed through my photographs until I found the perfect image, and then I ‘filled’ the tree. Next I created all the leaves from one original. The outline was drawn, but the inside came from a photograph. I made the birds from images of feathers, including those of a peacock, and I placed them on the tree. I think it works!
Experimenting is so much fun and is definitely my preferred learning style! You should try it more often.