Red and Black

There is something rich and almost velvety about deep red colors against the boldness of black. These new digital abstractions take advantage of this striking contrast. They all share the same color palette and have very similar content. One of my favorite techniques in Procreate app for iPad is to experiment with blending modes. These images are built up of layers of color and shape. If you select one of the higher layers (as at the top of a stack) and apply different blending modes, you end up with very different colors and sometimes transparent results. The blending modes change the relationship of color and transparency with the layers below. Many subtle gradations of overlapping textures and colors can be achieved this way.

Here are some possible combinations of the designs as triptychs.

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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