Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Unique Environment

From the weekly challenge series, a "unique environment" concept painting a la Scott Robertson from The Gnomon Workshop.

The gist of the process is creating a series of quick grayscale marker sketches (or the digital equivalent) and overlaying them in Photoshop on individual layers with varying layer effects.

Then, within the jumble of visual information (like finding recognizable forms in clouds or wallpaper patterns), identify the visual "bare bones" of a composition and render it to a finished view.

In working through this process, I found considerable difficulty in visualizing usable compositions hidden within the overlay of abstract sketches.

After a lot of experimentation with layer order, effects, opacity, etc. one clear landscape finally materialized.

The process work for the project is shown below:

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