Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

16 comments:

  1. Nice touch with the QR code. Beautiful work.

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  2. Nice one Oliver. I saw on Art Order where they talked about QR codes. What does this one do?

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  3. thanks gang. I'll have to look up tad barney to see the resemblance. poor guy if he really looks like this!

    joe, on an itouch/iphone, it will load up a little picture with an irish toast and short writing about this little guy here.

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  4. Haha! I'm seeing Tad too!

    Cool piece, Oliver. Don't take this the wrong way, but I especially like the lower half where it's a bit looser and washy-looking. Very nice! Is this all traditional media?

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  5. Thanks, Chuck. I scanned a drawing in and printed the line art out in orange. From there, it's all gouache. I like the washy side of it too, but was hoping it would sit as a nice contrast to the more defined, hard edges of the figure/face.

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  6. Wow! I've experimented with techniques like that, but the wet media always washes away the printed lines and buckles the paper. Are you using a color laserjet? (If you don't mind me getting nosey?)

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  7. Yessir, I used the big xerox at work. I have a nice inkjet at home and have done the same process there, but there was definitely a difference.

    You can see the orange/brown lineart maintained (like in his shoes and shorts) since the water and media wouldn't stick to the laser print ink unless I put it on really thick. Doing this on my personal inkjet, the paper seems to absorb the ink, so my media goes over it almost just like pencil. It was cool how the print repelled my wet media and I didn't have to put any effort into maintaining the lineart myself. Pretty interesting.

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  8. It was also on a relatively heavy stock paper, with pretty toothy "art" paper surface. I had pretty good luck with it not buckling which was convenient, but it definitely warped a bit.

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  9. Another workaround: Print the linework and also save the digital file. Do the wet media and let the lines fade a bit. Then composite the two images (original lines with watery color) in Photoshop.

    It would be a hoot to stretch a sheet of Epson paper on a board, but I'm a bit lazy for that.

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  10. I'm honored Oliver. The invoice for my modeling fee is in the mail...

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  11. really nice work...I've seen Tad's bill collectors and you have nothing to worry about.

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  12. Great work Oliver! I usually print my sketches out on pretty think bristol and paint over them. It works like a charm. I usually make the line sepia and light and the bristol handles the paint well. Plus the storage space is a lot less than using illustration board.

    What is the story behind adding a QR code? Is it real? Does it contain info about the art?

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  13. By the way, is this Tad's Dorian Gray picture?

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  14. Thanks everyone! The I'm just playing around with using QR codes to add a second level of storytelling to illustrations. Not a necessity to the piece, but an additional little piece of fun for those that are able to participate. It links to a little page with an irish toast of good health and a little paragraph written about this little leprechaun.

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