Digital Drawing and Transformations

With this new composition created in Procreate, I experimented a bit with using the eraser tool in creating some of the shapes. The eraser tool can be configured to work as any of the available “brushes” in the app. I have created a brush that acts as a stamp by creating either a circle or square with the tap of the Apple pencil. As with most of the other abstract drawings that I’ve done in Procreate, this one was built up of objects on multiple layers. The large circle in the upper left (red and yellow) was created on a higher layer above the blue shape below. Using the circle stamp as an eraser, I was able to “cut out” the circular shape (like a cookie cutter) allowing the blue below to show through. I used the same technique on the lower right red shape, cutting away a semi-circle in that shape. Using a different brush as an eraser, I cut lines into that same red shape (next to the semi-circle) and in the green-yellow shape to the left.

Another working method is to create a shape of a specific flat color and then, using various tools, adding a texture over that shape in a slightly different color. As the layers build up (some shapes opaque and some transparent) the composition comes together gradually. Think of it as looking down through a stack of clear glass sheets that have various shapes on each sheet (layer). This drawing was done with nine layers over a base layer of white (at the bottom of the stack). There is also a kind of “mixing” of colors by having some of the shapes be partially transparent so that the above color “mixes” with the object below. The tilted rectangle and small square in the central area are semi-transparent allowing the objects below to show through.

As I’ve done with earlier drawings, I used iColorama app to alter the drawing in multiple ways. Some alterations were made to the surface without changing the color or composition.

Surface changes

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Other alterations involved changing the colors while keeping the overall composition intact.

Altered colors

The last set of alterations is more dramatic. The composition is changed by totally rearranging the objects in it.

Altered composition
Kaleidoscopic alteration

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

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