Art is everywhere!
As a creative graphic artist
I tend to see art in everything and love to discover images beyond the normal view simply by shifting my perspective, be it the face of a lady singing in linoleum or an alien being in an old wooden desk drawer. I can always create newness in the world starting only with a line drawing and then enhancing with image editing software or mixing real life photography with abstract patterns for many unique designs. And with Photoshop for raster images as my best friend, as well as Illustrator for vector, the possibilities for creativity are truly limitless.
Art in nature
I love to mix the abstract of Photoshop with photos I’ve taken in a way that breathes new life into what would be considered just another pretty flower by patching the parts where the bugs were chewing and adding some contrasting design elements.
Clematis & Weave
Art in pareidolia
Pareidolia: the tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or hearing hidden messages in music.
Old piece of gold-veined linoleum
Art in reflective drawing
Non-dominant hand writing is a tool for connecting the right and left hemispheres of the brain from which many an image has been presented. The coolest thing about this type of line drawing is that you don’t know what image is being presented until it is finished because you don’t deliberately draw the lines and curves with your conscious mind. When you let the pen flow onto the paper like this you will be amazed at what creative genie is behind the process and it is your own self-expression.
These are two of sixteen such images from my book, Charges – Answers from the Universe.
Much in the way of business and publication in design revolves around creating graphics that represent an idea that is being presented to attract and/or engage the audience, such as icons, logos, branding, comics and cartoons.
Facebook page header
This freestyle of creating lines and then seeing what you’ve doodled can be done on either paper or the computer.
Rather than drawing freehand on the computer I often use fonts or shapes that match the figure I want to create to reduce jagged edges in Photoshop.
|Fonts: Symbol, Wingdings, Comic Sans
Letters: l, Y, s, z, }
Another way to create uniqueness is to begin with a line drawing or template image and break it down into its line segments and then match those to a shape or stylized font in Photoshop to give it a fresh look.
When creating a specific kind of cartoon graphic it may be easier to find something close in MS clipart and use it as a template and then identify what shapes to use and modify accordingly.