10 March 2007
Faux Woodblock (Digital)
This is a small section of a digital illustration I'm working on for a nursing magazine. The article is about Complementary care and since most of the modalities mentioned (meditation, Reiki, acupuncture) are eastern techniques I wanted to give it a handpulled woodblock look. I'm working with textures in Photoshop to give it that appearance, including creating and scanning a bokashi gradient that I printed just for this purpose. I'll show you the whole piece once my client has published it.
I'm enjoying seeing influences between my woodblock work and my commercial illustration these days, not so much in the content of the work but in the process. The initial frustration I felt with the slow pace of printmaking has evolved into an appreciation of the value of taking time, taking care, allowing an image to really "marinate" in the process. I'm finding that the surprises and accidental discoveries I experience in woodblock printing are also beginning to happen in my commercial work, which had become stale for me over the years. I'm feeling the commercial work becoming more fun and alive again.
So I'm celebrating by working on a Saturday!