For a very, very, very, very long time, I have been wanting to start creating art on the topic of the relationship between humans and nature. I just had no idea how to start, what it should look like, or what kind of story I wanted to tell – after all, there are so many ways to talk about humans and nature.
Then I remembered that the only way to get something done is to just DO IT, for goodness' sake. If this one turns out rubbish, the next one will turn out better, and the one after that even better (with the odd hiccup along the way to keep things exciting). So I'm using the final project of my Drawing & Visualization course to begin my series on urban diversity, Portraits of Place. Starting with..... Los Angeles!
I'll talk more about LA and urban biodiversity and why it's such a freaking interesting part of the world in future posts. But for now: some pictures of the process!
I've been using Lino, which involves cutting out my image (in reverse!) on a sheet of linoleum, inking it, printing it onto a sheet of paper, filling in mistakes and writing in text with a marker, and finally scanning it in to do final colour correction and edits in Photoshop.
This involves so much reverse thinking! When I cut text into the image, it's got to go backwards. When I want the lines to be black, I can't touch them - I have to cut away the space around them. Slowly this inverted thinking is getting easier, though there have been many bumps along the way, and I expect many more in future! (Thank goodness for markers and photoshop).
Also, lino knives are sharp, and sometimes they skid across the lino and into your waiting finger, if you've been clever enough to keep your finger in front of the knife (DON'T DO THAT).