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I enjoy taking opportunities to expand my creativity, and joining the amazing artists here on this site is a major step into the art world. You will see that I have displayed several different types of media: stippling (ink hand drawings), photography, and tech/computer illustrations. Stippling was a hobby which taught me that using little bits of time here and there eventually resulted in a piece of artwork. Due to the slow pace of stippling, it took months to years to complete one drawing. Photography, in contrast, gives me an immeditate gratification which seems nearly effortless in comparison. The photos I have placed here represent the diversity of subject matter that I find interesting. From delicate flowers to decaying leaves and rusty door locks, each image has been a delightful way to explore this media. However, the highlighted media that I have here are the tech/computer illustrations. These have a look similar to an altered watercolor. The lines or 'streaks' as well as the 'blotchy' washed-out areas are all part of the look of this technique. It is a media unlike any other, which can be whimsical yet detailed and highly fascinating to me.
The illustrations you see here originated from my work with special needs students and writing children's books for them which captured their attention. Each drawing was done using Publisher techniques, which resulted in their simplistic yet watercolor-type look. If you think of a media which is slightly abstract watercolor, you will appreciate the lighter or darker edges within the higher-concentrated detail areas of my work. To me, each drawing is a piece of artwork with a look unable to be achieved without technology and hours of tedious filling, shadowing, lining, etc.
Working with students having special needs led to writing children's books. But what is a story without bright eye-catching illustrations for my students? The answer is a book with black and white symbols that mean nothing. Special needs children such as those on the autisum spectrum, dyslexic challenged, or even with visual hysteria require a picture that provides the motivation to turn the page and maintain interest. When reading is a dreaded threat to one's cognition, it becomes anxiety inducing. I needed to bring calming and light-hearted illustrations on the pages of my writing if I was to succeed at teaching reading. And so I began to spend hours creating my own illustrations for the three books that eventually became published and listed on Amazon. Please locate the books on Amazon in the book section.
My masters in psychology has cued me into the thinking and learning difficulties of my students. I understand that there is a line somewhere between illustrations which are too simple to catch attention and those which are too detailed or cluttered to be enjoyed. Too simple equals a bored student. Too detailed means overwhelming sensory integration. The illustrations I have drawn via Publisher by single line formation to color selection, shading, and layering techniques purpose to result in a positive cognitive and emotional response. This may not sound artistic at this point, however I was able to surprise myself with beautiful drawings on my monitor to the extent that I viewed them as individual pieces for wall art.
My books have been tried with my students and their parents. Sharing the art from my curriculum via books and other learning material is my way of bringing a sense of childlike interest to all ages. You don't even need to know the story behind the illustrations. Make up your own story if you need one.
These illustrations took up to weeks to complete by enlarging and working in small areas or sections. Their formation was far slower than other medias I tried such as pencil drawing or oil painting. Computer-originated, yes; however, nothing that you see already existed in some bank or stock. Hand, mouse, eye, and monitor have brought technology to art so that my students can learn to read and change their lifestyle for years to come. This is art with a direct purpose already accomplished and now resting here for your creative enjoyment.
Please leave comments letting me know which piece strikes your interest most.