Not finished, but more watercolor play.
It's been a while since I've posted a maze. Here I'm playing with Brutalist Architecture- which has been quite the internet trend for a bit now. I am happy with how the maze turned out. It is simple, a little tricky, and has very clear paths.
If you want more cool buildings every day, follow @BrutalHouse on Twitter!
Still playing with ink and watercolor.
I'm really into the artists Cinta Vidal and Sadi Tekin right now. Vidal paints beautiful multi-perspective buildings and interiors. Like my cube mazes, but intimate and fully realistic. Tekin is a very clever illustrator with great line work and often gentle colors.
So here, the maze is simple, but I wanted the paths to be on every visible side with the steps connecting them (Vidal). I also tried to use the least amount of pigment to emphasize the lines and space. (Tekin)
I quickly added the labels digitally for posting with one of my favorite photo apps, Halftone.
Full non-digital maze! Very fun to make. Using watercolor in such an uptight way seems to run against the medium, but too bad. Possibly I'll make some prints available. Email me if you're interested!
I wound up submitting 4 cards to the Single Fare show. Hundreds of artists and over 2000 cardsRead More
Opening the ink and paint for the metrocard project has made me excited to continue the non-digital stuff for a bit. Before trying to paint an entire piece, I made some tiny watercolor studies. These are a little shaky, as I'm still adjusting to the different pen widths. Also, watercolor is WAY out of my comfort zone.
It is very fun though!
These are tiny mazes I made for SingleFare4, a fundraiser for the New York Academy of Art. Artists from all over contribute small scale paintings on NYC metro cards. I will also be attending the opening, to show my support and pick up some great work.
It has been a while since I've worked with real brushes and ink, and it is a joy! Also, the work is SMALL! I'm still adjusting to the scale. Some of the miniature oil paintings submitted are quite amazing. Some color ballpoint work is just insane. It is open to all, but the deadline is August 23.
You can see more on Instagram -@singlefare and #singlefare4
Acrylic with Micron pen. I gessoed the cards first.
Details from the massive garden maze. I was worried that being more disciplined with the perspective would feel uptight, but I think it pays off.
I am very happy how the inking came out on this one! It resembles the intricate line work of Star Destroyer illustrations or Möbius ships - a little. I was able to use some of the concepts I played with on Orbital, like stacked paths and staircases. I'll probably do the shading in mostly grays, but may check out some old SciFi (John Berkey) book covers too.
This is a color test print. Seeing the colors on paper gives me a better idea of what the final piece will look like. The print also helps identify areas that are mis-colored or the line work is weird. Here I noted where I want to add some buildings. The long walls of trees at the top don’t really work. Highlighting the solution now will help when I make that page later. I like seeing the solution in a bright pink line… It makes me happy. Eventually, I will have clean prints for an entire second book. I will organize them in a way that is pleasing while also increasing the difficulty as the book progresses. Someone runs all the mazes for difficulty, clarity and enjoyment.
Russian publisher Mann-Ivanov-Ferber sent me beautiful copies of their edition of the book!
Whitestone Bridge with Manhattan in the distance
No buildings allowed here. I think this would be a fun pattern!
I have mentioned before how the Larry Evans 3-Dimensional maze books in the 1970's started me drawing mazes when I was a kid. Check out this great 2013 interview with his publisher, Malcom Whyte of Troubador Press. Whyte discusses Evans, the other artists he worked with, and running an indie publishing house back in the day. It is a good read.
The Story of Troubador Press: An Interview with Malcolm Whyte - 2 Warps to Neptune
Small portion of new city maze. More realistic than usual, but still maintaining the icon style I like to use. Grunged up with the app Halftone.
I had a fun time making this one-off postcard for a fan!
Similar to a couple in the book, "From Here To There: A Book of Mazes to Wander and Explore". Have fun!
Amazing Spiral: Books, Comics, Toys and More is hosting a signing May 6, 12-3pm. It is also Free Comic Book Day, so it should be hopping! Amazing Spiral is located at 5851 York Road, Baltimore, MD across from the Senator Theatre. See you there!