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Friday, February 6, 2009

hundreds, thousands, millions of choices

Blink....pen and ink
Making art of any kind requires lots and lots of aesthetic choices. The more we work in the same manner, in the same medium(s), the easier the choices become. We know instinctively which decisions will result in the effects we desire, probably because we have made incorrect choices in the past. Recently, I was asked to design a tattoo. Line art, using pens and ink, isn't something I spend much time doing. I worked and reworked the design, searching for the best possible line work. Is it too realistic? Is it too stylized? Do the straight lines have a communion with the organic ones? Are the darks balanced? Whoa..............a whole new series of problems, albeit good ones, to solve. "Blink" is the result.

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