New Art: Sunshine Superman Selfie

Here’s my latest. If you have a few spare minutes, do click on it and spend a little time with it. It’s not really an Instagram, one-second, postage stamp, one-liner. The more time you spend with it the more interesting it gets, as shapes begin to materialize, shift, and you notice the different possible relations between objects, and illusionistic space.

This is kind of an oddball piece for me, because I didn’t really intend to do it, and the results are unforeseeable. If you are one of the rare people who follow my blog (congratulations), you’ll notice this doesn’t have my trademark (so to speak) digital impasto technique. Instead it’s smoothly blended via lots of work with airbrush and blending tools. In essence, this is an experiment gone awry, because I was actually attempting to do something else, which didn’t work out the way I expected. I persisted with this anyway because even though it’s not how I usually work, I was interested in it, and I plan on reintegrating this technique with my other ones for hopefully some new and interesting hybrid with added potential.

I have done this sort of intermediary between abstraction and representation before. There are parts that resemble things, but if you look closer nothing is a thing that actually exists. Overall there’s a sort of head in it, but it’s just a conglomeration of sort of melted shapes.

It’s quite detailed because I worked on it zoomed all the way in for the finer details.

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I think it has a psychedelic, Surrealist (Yves Tanguy) feel about it. I’m not sure if I’ll do any more like this, except I have a black and white one that’s about 90% finished that’s also this sort of non-representational/abstract/Surrealist image. I never finished that piece because I work on it zoomed out, and it looked like crap zoomed in. But I can use this same technique with airbrush and blenders to finish it. That one will probably be next, and then another monster maiden that will possibly use this same method for the final details.

This can also be printed flipped horizontally. I often flip images while working on them – this is a great way to see problems that the eye otherwise adjusts for over time – and while I usually have one angle in mind, this one works equally well either way it’s flipped. Here’s the opposite view.

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11 thoughts on “New Art: Sunshine Superman Selfie

    1. Yeah, that’s an advantage to this sort of technique. It also lets me focus on the color and composition and texture without having to worry so much about representation.

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        1. Possibly, but I wouldn’t want to shy away from subject matter for fear of putting people off. Instead, I’d hope that some pieces would attract people to give some of my other pieces a little more attention, in which case about a dozen or so of them are all worth of showing in a gallery. To me it’s more interesting to have some range (also why I find Manet more fascinating than Monet).

          But, if you like this style, I’m finishing up something along the same lines, which should be done in several days.

          After that I hope to incorporate this technique into my general arsenal, and try a new fusion or hybrid. I’m trying to keep experimenting and reintegrating in a broader attempt to create new imagery for the collective imagination. Also, when people don’t like a piece that I do (which I can see is beautiful), that’s generally a good sign. It means there’s something uncomfortable, and probably because it’s out of bounds. Or so I like to tell myself, reminding myself that the best novels were often the ones with the longest lists of rejections before they were published, though in retrospect nobody can imagine why.

          But I see what you’re saying and appreciate the comment. I’d like to think this style is marketable as well. I just want to do MORE with my art.

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