I drew this portrait on my old computer in 2014. It’s funny how that’s one of my first thoughts when I see the image. Since I’m sharing the process behind it, though, it makes sense that that’s where I’d begin.
I had been using Photoshop for about a year and a half. My art was getting very intricate and very big. This was an attempt at simplicity. Fewer colors, fewer shapes, fewer shadows.
I wrote a post about back then, too! Check it out!
Back then, I described my shift differently: “When I drew this in December I was looking to draw something in one sitting. In order to do this, I needed to focus on the bigger shapes to tell the story. I like this simpler aesthetic.”
Reviewing that post, I realize that the original piece is 18″ x 24″. Hmmm I wonder why I chose that size. I’ve never printed it that big (these are trapped on my computer…and this one on my old computer), so I had forgotten. I’ll have to print a big version.
Someone just bought a lil print of this the other day at Play Like a Girl.
She mentioned the clean lines. I really like this portrait, too. It’s fun when people like the art that I’m happiest with. It’s also fun, when they like drawings of mine that I have issues with.
I started an IRL “like” system with my portfolios. People can put star stickers on the prints they like. I’m just so curious to know! Plus! It’s a simple (which themes to be the theme) way to informally track feedback. I’ve used it twice, and there seems to be a positive response.
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I update my Exhibition Page with events and galleries Lorna Alkana Art is featured in.
I post twice a week in two sorts of ways: Around Monday I share new art/discussion about the process of works in progress. Around Friday I post segments with Comic Lorna in my audiobio comic series called, Affect.