I didn’t really get the need for Facebook pages for individual Artists. As Profiles seemed to do the job just as well But after due persuasion by my other friends with Artistic talents; I finally have now created a Facebook page to showcase latest and some old art. Do check that out! Ciao.
A new cover image ( for Facebook)-// That’s what I wanted to create today. To show my other side, that is not artistically serious. That is fun, and loves music. //
So here, it is//// And as always, I used only my photo ( that I took today),and no other images or references are used./// Enjoy//
Oil on Primed Paper Artist- IBRAR YUNUS December 2012
“What to write here? well, I have this beautiful painting out of the scanner now, and in my hands. And now I’m thinking ‘ where to start’. It is sometimes unusual that how we we unable to describe our own paintings. Well, here’s a start: The normal viewer sees a bed; a somewhat stylized bed. I have had been practicing with cross-hatching and the artistic power of parallel lines, but had only limited them to the crisp white paper of my sketchbook. Now, I practiced these with oil paints too, and these give a rather unique feel to the viewer. Separate from what is displayed on my sketchbook. An easier interpretation would be ‘more dreamy’ perhaps. So, YES! this is ‘the’ emotive bed. How I see the morning, the pale yellow- young amber rays. Cracking me out from the shell of my dream- Pulling em back from the Astral into this ‘Reality’. The yellowish tints in this give me the feeling of dizziness- even a little annoying. Like I have just woken up. I could go on and on about the yellow in this. But, alas! Lets move on to the folds. The folds of the bed. I admit that I made the folds as a challenge. A plain bed would’ve been quite easy, but more ‘impressionistic’. But I am happy with these folds; reflecting the moment- the first light. The Abstraction- This is the power of parallel lines ( beneath the bed), Incomplete- Rapidly Changing. Time is creating the next scene. Hence, I could not use the whole paper.
This concludes my basic interpretation of my artwork. I urge the viewer and the art enthusiast to not be limited my words- Feel free to interpret it as you like.”
There was I, sitting in the Seminar hall, an listening to an interactive lecture about ‘Graphics’ and Digital Image formats. As a little background, I like these sessions in the lecture hall, the teacher is the epitome of a ‘teacher’. Jolly, interactive and taking a reasonable amount of time to explain the concepts fully, allowing us to grasp all of it’s meaning to the ‘roots’. Now, back to where I was, in the Seminar Hall. The teacher placed a little fun challenge for one of us ‘eager ones’. He showed us a picture of a mosque’s wall (in Lahore, Pakistan) and described using quite an expressive vocabulary that what an art piece that wall was. The geometry blends perfectly, it’s a beautiful coalescence of Math and Art. So, me being who I am, I got to have my raised. I accepted the challenge. And this is what I had to ‘enhance’
Well, weekend came, and I got to do my usual relaxing. And, yes I did turn ON my copy of Adobe Photoshop and worked on it for some time. I started by splitting the image into smaller parts, then altered the values (brightness, contrast, curves) till the major parts of that split looked vibrant and fresh. The smaller images were merged back and the differences between the colors removed. Next, I manually painted the blue, green and yellow parts. I kept the brush settings to low intensity and use ‘Darken’ mode to preserve texture, as I wanted to preserve that rustic feel. Since, a few parts of the old ‘picture’ became overlapped by the new ‘colors’, some parts were rebuilt, the parts ‘grafted’ from other parts of the image. And here, is what it turned out to be.
Time Taken:- about 45 minutes ( loose estimate, as I Facebook-ed along the way, total productive time is about 25 minutes) Adobe Photoshop CS5-Extended __________ For Comparison: _______
Created by Ibrar Yunus [ Spiffy ]
Titled as Dystopia ( Dark state, environmental-urban deterioration), a total of 3 and a half hours were spent in completing this digital painting. As always I used PaintToolSAI for this, as I wanted blending to be natural (as oil paints are). The idea for this came, after I came across a selective color painting by some artist on Facebook; his/her painting also used purple palette and I felt a sense of ‘royal’ and ‘dream-like’ feelings being emitted by that. Perhaps the fixed emotion ( not happy nor sad ) contributed to some extend to this, but the contrasting background (dark purple behind right purple) promoted this. So moving on, I chose ‘blending’ over ‘contrast’ as it gives ‘softness’ to the painting; even when bright or very dull colors are used. In my paintings i have noticed that colors them selves dont make a painting bright or dull; but they are relative on each other, a painting that uses very bright colors can appear very dull indeed, if the palette doesnt use any contrast.
The ‘figurative’ and ‘emotional’ nature of this painting tell us about ones need to go out once in a while and ponder over the apparent darkness of a busy/crowded/mechanized place. This does not mean that darkness exists everywhere, but the thoughts of a ‘young’ mind about one’s survival in the ‘Practical World’. A scene depicting the time of the dawn is shown, as this is the time when the cold breeze brushes against you and one is fresh and ready to go out and then stop! ‘think about whats more to come?’. The butterfly depicts hope, and works as to counter the darkness of the city behind and the painting itself. The orbs add to the lightness of the sky (even though the sky is ‘in’ the background); this is a visual indication that ‘don’t look down and be frightened, keep your hopes high, look up! up at the bright sky; there are surely better things to come!’
As Étoile Bleue, the shades of purple here show ‘dream-like’ presence.
This concludes the detail analysis by the Artist himself. You are welcome to interpret this in your own way.
I don't know exactly what makes David Wilder's art so compelling. Maybe some of his eclectic background gets infused into his work. Self taught, the Arizona-based Wilder focus on every aspect of the American West. (Above: Road to Jerome, commissioned for a cafe in the artist colony of Jerome, Arizona / Below: The Imaginary West)
Above: Tres Amigos (in progress) / Below: Monsoon Over Coffee Pot Rock…
Such detailed and colorful art by David Wilder! My, my; one has to just 'analyse' it long enough to see the level of detail and the beauty hidden in them.... The skillful use of shades balance the images between contrast and 'blend' very nicely.