I’m not sure if maybe it’s better if I just stay in the shadows, but here I am making a post after all these measurements of time since the last time I’ve posted! I’ve been wandering around…going to faraway places, riding airplanes, avoiding the touch of strangers, crying myself to sleep…
Back in June I quit my job in Singapore and moved to San Francisco to study at the Safehouse Atelier, ran out of money, went back to Maine while I did some job interviews and more freelance work, and then moved [back] to Shanghai…I need to stop moving so much. Every time I move, I’m telling myself this, and then I end up moving again and again and again.
So, a while back I made a post on my personal artblog that was geared more towards getting presentable thumbnails [i had too many coffees] and then I started wondering… if I could take it a bit further and make a final image with a similar approach.
This has been sitting on my SSD since October already, and overall, I suppose I’d consider it a half-success at best. Maybe 1/3 succcess. I think it’s not really something useful, but I find it’s something interesting to think about.
The end result was hampered by my own ineptitude. Still need to sort out a lot of things in my head, and learn how do things work. There are also workflow issues if you don’t nail each step the first time. Going back and adjusting some things can be rather a bit inconvenient.
Layers of layers! I’m not sure this needs any explaining exactly. I think it’s generally a good idea to label your layers if you’ll ever need to go back to adjust them for any reason .Note that the grey fill and lines_copy are turned off in the end, as they were only a working aid…
I think secretly this might have been my main goal, actually…I thought it would be really cool to be able to swap out the patterns and have several ‘finished’ choices…like most things, it was cooler in my imagination.
About Devin Platts
Concept Artist & Illustrator