Fill in the Blanks

Here are three new abstract designs. All were created in Procreate app for iPad. I used the same basic technique for all three designs. Starting with a black pen tool, I set the overall design down on one layer. I made this the “reference” layer which allowed me to just drop solid colors into any open area in the reference design. For example, the illustration below shows the “filling-in” of the first two colors.

I used six colors for the completed design, each color on a separate layer. Then I added various textures to the individual color layers. I added five rectangles onto a top layer which show through transparently in a blue-green tone.

Here is the finished design.

The second design was created in the same way using a reference layer and filling in with six colors on separate layers. Textures were added to the individual colors. The main difference with this composition is that I used an airbrush tool to break up the original line design (reference) with black and white. This gives it a metallic appearance.

The last composition started out in the same way as the first two; reference line design and color fill-ins. Eight color layers were used. No textures were added to the individual colors. White was used as the reference line color. A top layer was added with three light blue polygons used transparently to add color and complexity. An airbrush tool was then used to add color toning to a couple of the color layers. Finally, I brought the completed image into iColorama app and added the surface texture over the whole design.

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.

2 thoughts on “Fill in the Blanks”

    1. Thanks, Donna. Glad you like it. It was interesting to try a new technique in putting these together. I never know exactly what I’ll end up with. An ongoing journey. Thanks for tagging along.


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