Sunday, April 2, 2017

Blue Fabrix

Readers of this Blog know that Orange is my theme color. I have an orange car, an orange wardrobe, orange beret hats, and even an orange blog background. But recently an unpleasant political figure has been associated with Orange due to the make-up he wears. Because of that I have switched color allegiance to Orange's near-complementary color, Blue. I have been buying blue stuff, enough of it to show the theme. In art pigment names, this color is "Ultramarine," derived from lapis lazuli imported from "outremer," beyond the sea. (The blue-armored "Ultramarines" of the "Warhammer" desktop game are also in this theme.) It's a purplish blue rather than the greenish blue of computer screens.

The fabric shown here is not a shirt. It's a towel, recently acquired because it was bright blue, and fluffy, and on sale at Macy's. It is a fun sketch job to reproduce the chaotic folds of fabrics supposedly randomly dropped on a surface. Supposedly, in that I re-arranged some of them to make a more balanced composition. This is also a practice piece in Photoshop on how to add color to a cross-hatched ink drawing. It involves layers and a combination of transparent and opaque colors. Here's another, much more simply drawn. It may look like a pair of shorts but it is actually a laundry bag in the chosen color. I will consider returning to Orange in a while depending on what happens in the political world.

Black tech pen ink on sketchbook page, April 1, 2017.
Top image about 4" x 2 1/2". Lower image about 3 1/2" x 2".

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