I have always had fun being creative. Ever since I was a kid, I was never afraid to try something new, and maybe a little too often, I was in trouble at school because I was drawing or sketching when I should have been paying attention. As I got older I'd draw and paint at home in the evening, or at work, on vacation... and over the course of my lifetime I have thrown away tons of drawings, paintings and sketches, and whenever someone would see me throw something away, they'd ask me, "why are you throwing that away! It's art!"|
But to me, art is an ongoing "practice" session. I never get emotionally married to anything I create. It really is about the process and where that process ends. It's about being able to have a vision and then see how my abilities allow me to physically make it happen. I compare a finished piece of art with my original vision of it before I started. Did I evoke the same emotion on canvas as I originally had in my head?
Sometimes, I see myself being more of a communicator than an artist, and I'll ask somebody who doesn't know me what they think or feel about a particular piece. I want to know, are they "getting" what I was trying to get across? It's okay if they don't - anybody can think or feel whatever they want about a piece of art, but the FUN for me, is the process of visualizing, creating and then seeing how close to the mark I get. That's why art is an ongoing process of "practice"; perfection is impossible but striving for it is not. I'm okay that I'll never create anthing "perfect" because art is never just the completed piece that you hang on the wall. It's the bond between the artist and the viewer - a communication of ideas and emotions - the art of the communication process.
Much of my artwork is created first by sketching bold, casual outlines and then scanning the outlined artwork into the computer. From there, I use digital photograph textures to "fill in" the different segments. Looking at the photo to the right (taken from "Three Bustling Chefs") you can see the photographic texture fills close up. The hair in the photo is an actual photograph of human hair, the iris of the eye is an actual photo of a model's eyeball. The skin is a photograph of real human skin. Once all the segments have been filled in with a texture fill, I then shade and enhances the colors of the piece on the computer.
Most of the art I create has a great deal of detail that is best seen when seeing a high-resolution photo-print of each individual piece of art.