Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Illustration Friday: Mask
This week's challenge for Illustration Friday is "mask". Masks imply magic and mystery to me, and I'd hoped to have time to create a new image of this evocative theme, but I find myself pulled in other directions this week, so I dug up this piece I created while I was in art school. As I think about it, I realize it is appropriate to this theme in more ways than just the obvious.
I created it using Photoshop during a time when almost all my work was put together digitally and was still convincing myself I wanted to become an illustrator, not a fine artist, because being a fine artist just wasn't a realistic goal. It's a sample of a stage in my evolution as an artist. Even then I painted images and textures, and used found objects and papers, primarily treating Photoshop as a glue to put the compositions together. After graduation, eventually I left the computer completely in favor of making messes and working directly on a support. With that step, I removed the mask I'd been holding onto of what I thought of as being realistic and practical, what I thought I should do with my art to make it commercially viable, and allowed my true voice as an artist to show in my work. I am so much happier, and I've grown so much as an artist.
Tags: art, art school, digital art, Illustration Friday, art challenge, mask