HOW I MAKE MY ART

Generally I begin my art by making several drawings in pencil or ink (lining them up using tracing paper and a light board so that they fit together), and then I scan them into the computer. Sometimes I also scan in abstract watercolor paintings, fabric, leaves, or other things with textures or colors I like. Digitally I pile up my drawings and paintings, add and adjust colors and manipulate the way the layers interact.

THE PIECES THAT MAKE "EARLY SPRING"

THE FINAL IMAGE

EARLY SPRING
Grace Lorentz

WHY I DO IT THAT WAY

I've never been able to decide what medium I like best: I love the lines of an ink pen, but miss the color; love the colors of acrylic paints and watercolors, but miss the detailed lines; love the unpredictability of mixing watercolors, but don't have the technique to make them do what I want; love the solid blocks of color in screen printing, but lack the patience to make the screens.

 

I first considered using the computer to make art in a digital illustration class in college. I'd never liked "digital art"- it was too flat and emotionless.* However, I discovered that if I scanned drawings into the computer, I could use it to add colors -- essentially make a mash-up between the detailed lines of a line drawing and the blocks of color in a screen print. I've been working off that basic concept ever since. 

*Note: that these days I'm amazed by what people can do purely digitally, but there wasn't much to see then