Sunday, July 26, 2009

I love old photos

Specifically, old crime scene photos. I'm talking 1920's & '30s. I'm not sure what it is, but old b&w has always held a fascination for me. When that fascination is then paired with a love of the morbid, well, game over.

I've wanted to draw/paint something from an old crime scene shot for years. Just came across a great one recently and dove in. All done digital, still have no real idea what I'm doing with the tablet, so it's all over the place. That's what experimentation's all about I suppose. Putzing about until things start to fall into place.

So the top shot is the whole piece in-progress - tons of layers, scribbling, etc. 2nd shot is detail of the figures, and 3rd shot is detail without the base colors - I have long been obsessed with focus points of an illo being very clearly defined but the background/surroundings much more loosely marked. Still trying to find some kind of balance that makes me happy.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hooray for Digital

I know, leave it to me to get a shiny new graphics tablet, and to then use it to do the exact same things I was doing without it. Thanks to DevilOnTheLeft for scoring the tablet. I promise, I'll try to actually make use of it's capabilities in the future.