Hi Neil, just wanted to say that your work its fantastic. really inspiring. Ive been trying to study shape design, and trying to to approach my paintings with a more graphic design mindset. I also wanted to ask you how do you approach more complex stuff like the buildings on the right hand side. what do you find the best way to get the impression of complexity with really simple shapes. what workflow works the best for you when it comes to coming up with shapes and then putting them together in a painting like this?thanks.
Hello Victor, the process is a bit difficult to describe, I'll do my best. I start off by making a surface in 'plan' - no perspectives - with many simple marks of different colours but the same value. These are normally rectangles, stripes, chevrons. I clone them using my own 'brushes'. These too are rectangles, sometimes grids, window shapes etc. Although you should have an idea of what you want to represent while you do this you wil notice that new forms begin to suggest themselves. I make lots of files in this way and borrow from them later on, copying and pasting parts of them onto a master file that I'm working into a complete image. I use the burn and darken tools to punch up lights and subdue other parts. You can move the collages parts into different perspectives using the drag and tilt tool.One of the beauties of Photoshop is its flexibility. You can alter compositons drastically but you should always have a compositional armature in mind while you're working. These architectural images I' m making are all based upon my interest in Modernism. No space ships and anti gravity machines. I stand upon the shoulders of giants - Mies, Gropius, Hiroshi Hara, the sublime Italians: - these are the masters. If you're interested check the link to the right on my Pinterest board: 'This'. If you scroll through you will see lots of great architectural images.
this is priceless! thank you so much for taking the time to answer! I really appreciate it. I will try to figure out something that works for me based on this. really interesting process.cant wait to see more of your stuff.
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