It’s a strange process, similar to exploring an unknown room plunged into darkness with hands, inch by inch, in search of a glimpse of light that will guide you to the exit. There are no guarantees that you will find it and you never know where it will guide you but once you’ll see it, even if it’s a fraction of a second, you’ll don’t miss it.
This work process consists of 4 distinct steps, one of which is a secret digital technique, created by Artusnow.
STEP 1- Different layers of photographs are mixed to create a digital collage, taking into account not only shapes and colors, but also textures.
More layers (photographs) are used to create an artwork, more complex and interesting it will be. For example, for the series of 6 paintings described in the following video, the MIRAGE CITY SERIES, I used 3 layers to create the background and about 4 more to create the buildings.
You can see in detail the creation process of MIRAGE CITY4 in this 3 minutes video:
Magic usually appears when different types of textures are mixed, in particular those with a human origin (walls painted several times, rusty doors, some graffitis superimposed, posters stacked and torn, etc.) with natural textures (sand from a beach, veins from a rock, bark from a tree…) From this seemingly random mixture, patterns of harmony will sometime arise, hardly appreciable without digital tools.
STEP 2- Using a powerful image processor, you can «dive» into the digital artwork in search of «treasures» and, with an artist’s eye, bring to the surface small fragments of the original work. It’s this process I have called «DIVE-IN-ART» because it is about completely submerging yourself into the painting to detect the most interesting textures and colors.
STEP 3- Once found an interesting fragment, sometimes a 3 x 5 cm piece , I enlarge it with a specific digital process I have developed, up to the size of the final artwork, which can be 100 x 150 cm.
MAYA3 100 X 150 cm from the MAYA SERIE of 6 digital paintings.
STEP 4- A suitable media for the printing of the artwork is then chosen, depending on its size and its final price. It can be a 310 grams cotton paper, cotton canvas, 3.0 mm Dibond aluminum or, for a several meters long mural, an high strength adhesive.