Recently, I dug out my Wacom tablet and tried messing around with it. I bought it a few years ago for a design project and thought I’d use it more than I did. Digital drawing felt clunky too me and I was easily frustrated.
Basic sketch I made in Photoshop using the brush tool with pressure sensitive settings.
Colored areas with layers on top of the sketch and opacity between 40% and 60%.
The opacity is the same as the previous image, but this time the layers are underneath the sketch.
It seems like having the sketch on top of the colored areas provides more depth. Thoughts?
While we were travelling in Athens, we were struck by the graffiti. It’s everywhere. Walls and buildings from street level to six feet up are colored with a wandering scrawl of tags, marks, and words. In the midst of the gritty background though, there are moments of beauty. Paintings that communicate something greater.
The first picture I took was actually beneath an ATM in Naxos. The rest were taken around the neighborhoods of Psyrri, Monastiraki, and Gazi in Athens. As we made our way to the Hammam in Psyrri, we started taking some photos. Later, we ate a wonderful lunch at Gostijo and started to talk to the owner or waitress about graffiti. First, the food there was amazing and a welcome break from taverna fair. Second, we were so welcomed and after talking with the owner or waitress for a while, she marked on our map additional streets where interesting graffiti marked the walls.
More pictures from our travels will follow. For today, enjoy the graffiti gallery and a side of Athens that isn’t temples and ruins.
These are pretty cool works of art by Eric Daigh, sort of like pixel art but in a large analog format. I don’t always follow to closely what is happening in Michigan since moving away, but the DeVos ArtPrize came up in conversation the other night, also the artist is from my hometown, Traverse City. Check out his work.