Neon Lights

Mediums: Graphite, ink, digital processing
Comments from the artist responsible for this travesty: All of the works in this series were primarily drawn by hand; many of their color schemes have been digitally altered, meaning they were enriched by the sorcery of laptops, essentially. There were various reasons for these alterations. In many cases, the original work was simply too simplistic to be a standalone piece, or the mood seemed off. And, in even more cases, the original work was just… terrible. Some of these designs were based on sketches I did when I was much, much younger and really didn’t have a very high level of technical skill. (Sorry, past me! As long as the tenseless theory of time is incorrect there probably isn’t a way for you to read this, though.) I also wanted to achieve a sort of surreal overtone to this series, since a pencil sketch of a tree gremlin is just the kind of gritty realism I’m trying to avoid. Furthermore, inverting the color schemes of some of these works made the series overall more unified and reduced the visual dichotomy between works otherwise disparate in subject matter (and also because shiny).
These designs are also available on Redbubble and Zazzle.

One Response to “Neon Lights

  • I really like the “Neon Lights” series of paintings and wanted to make some comments on them. I see from your commentary on this series that, at least in some of the works , the effect was created by digitally “inverting ” the color scheme. It creates a very vibrant, glowing effect. Especially when displayed on a computer, because the screen is literally lit up. I wonder how much of the glowing effect could be maintained wnen transfered to paper? My guess is that quite a bit would be maintained even in a paper copy. The painting “Garden Over the Clouds” is one of my favorites in this series. The striking, glowing images over the starkly contrasting black background are very dramatic.The upside down rainbow,the flaming flowers , the nicely done image of the woman with the rose body are all greatly enhanced by the glowing quality of this technique. Even the little, enigmatic drops of golden lite stand out in an interesting and mysterious way. Also I really liked the wild combination of abstraction and figurative painting in the Neon image “Haywire Vision”- you know how I like chaotic paintings!! Good to see all this variety and creative innovationarity in your work!

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