Layers and Lines

My working method for these new abstractions could be summed up in these two words, layers and lines. They were created digitally in Procreate app for ipad. The complexity of the designs is achieved with various shapes and overlapping colors that are built up in layers. Some of the shapes are transparent and some opaque. Line work was later added over this complex base. Two methods were used for creating the lines. A drawing tool, technical pen, was used for the thinner lines. Most of the wider lines were made by using a medium hard air brush tool. To make these slightly wider lines, the air brush tool was used in the eraser mode to cut the lines out of existing solid shapes. When the images were complete, I felt that they could be enhanced by digitally adding a slightly embossed or raised texture. This was done in another app, iColorama, which is normally used for digital photo enhancement.

You can see them at full size by clicking on each image below.

The finer light lines were made with the technical pen tool drawn over the layered base. Wider lines were made with the air brush tool (used in eraser mode) to cut through existing solid shapes.

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.

3 thoughts on “Layers and Lines”

    1. Hi Gail. Those were my years of growing up too (although I like to think of myself as a kind of elderly Peter Pan …never wanting to grow up). But any resemblance to graphic images of that period are unintentional. Of course we are affected by the things we see and I’m sure that applies to my visual sense. These abstract designs come about as “improvised”, freely developed patterns that are not pre planned. They develop gradually by playing around with Procreate on the iPad. That they might look like the 50’s or 60’s is accidental. They are just the result of my inclination towards geometrically and graphically composed designs. Thanks for writing and good luck with your Red Bubble offerings.

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