First of all, let me define what is meant when artists talk about their medium.
A medium refers to what is used to create art. It could be anything from the more traditional paints to fiber, metals, or digital technology. Anything an artist can think of to use becomes their medium. My medium is digital, because I use a computer and software to create my art. It is not about the tools I use, but how I express my inner vision.
Digital collage is done using technology, but the techniques of creating a unique composition are the same as traditional collage. It is taking existing materials and combining them together to create something unique, an expression of the artist’s inner vision.
How do I create my digital collage compositions? It starts with artistic inspiration from a photo, an object, or even a color. I am influenced by vintage, grunge, fantasy and steampunk styles. I collect photos, scan in objects, create digital papers and digital brushes to paint with.
Just like a painter starts with a blank canvas or paper, I start with a blank file. Then I start building up layer after layer. Sometimes I start with an inspiration photo, but I rarely use the whole photo. Just like traditional collage, I “cut” out the parts I want to use. It takes hours of work to create most of my art. As complex as my graphic software is, it cannot automatically create a piece of art. I make the choices of what to add, what needs to be altered, and where each layer will go. I love taking something familiar and creating something entirely different, to help you to look at your world a little differently and see some new possibilities. If you have not checked out my Gallery, please take a look. I have four different areas of my digital collage world. They are Altered Realities, Encourage and Inspire, Whimsical Light and Bright, and Heavens Declare. I love creating digital collage art and sharing my creations with you.
This composition started out as an acrylic painting. I scanned it into my software program and made a few changes. This became the basis of a new digital collage. As you can see, the original art and the finished art are completely different. I took something ordinary, a landscape painting, and turned into something quite different. Look around you and see how you can take ordinary things and make a whole new creation out of them. It could be fun!
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