Creating Abstract Patterns
Although my work is macabre my methodology is abstract. In a previous post explaining how I create composite models I mentioned that I do not like open space. There are numerous artists who make open space work their pieces. In rare instances I may adopt that approach but it is not my preferred method. Instead I opt for filling in the open spaces. When done correctly it helps to draw the eye in to the central figure/s and theme. If done poorly, well it just becomes a muddled mess at its worse, and is a distraction at its best. And so the method must be with the purpose of complimenting the overall finished product.
As I work these days it has become intuitive as to what those abstract patterns will be. I cannot tell you what a pattern will be before the central figure of a piece has been decided on, much less completed. However, I can tell you that as a piece is coming together those abstract patterns themselves start to form. But for the sake of this post I have created a standalone piece for reasons of instructions to my method. In my book DEMONS NEVER DIE the abstract shapes were emblematic of fire, and that is what I have chosen to demonstrate here.
On close inspection you may see lines of varied thickness. There is also a degree of some shading here. Darker at the bottom.
At the center and running upward is what I call a "bright spot". This is where the eye will be drawn into the most. It's blank and mostly open right now because as I am working I will fill it in with color. Also, because I know what I am adding to the image later I know that area will be filled with another detail. But all I want right now is the "fire".