My life is pretty much spent in front of a screen. At times it can feel unnatural to be outside, which is strange for someone who grew up on a farm.
My daily anxieties hang off resolution and dpi requirement, HDV capture versus SD and how to deal with files and footage once i have them.
My cameras are the closest i get to being physical with creativity, but even they have screens. My iPhone is an extension of this which travels with me and bridges the gap until i am piped into broadband at home for further online activity.
I sometimes try to switch off by watching tv – another screen – which ultimately gets watched via iPlayer or similar on my laptop.
Am i complaining? No, not really. I love my job and i celebrate being part of this amazing digital revolution. But there are times when i miss being outdoors and i miss creating something than is not digital.
I came across the above image recently, which i love and took a really good look at how i thought it was created. I thought possibly a combo of Photoshop and Ilustrator. When i clicked on the artists profile (A female from America with the tag name Deathtoll1912!) i read that this is, of course, all made by hand. The real shock was that i didn’t even consider it as a possibility.
It gave me a little jolt to remember that i can be more than just a pixel pusher.
Here’s what the artist wrote about her creations:
This is why I haven’t gotten anything done in the last two weeks. Almost non-stop work on this…..
Base form made of masking tape and paper; covered by multiple layers of blended wet plaster tape.
Sculpey clay. Fingers are vintage fountain pen nibs with writing ink. I wrote with them for quite a while to get the desired look.
Outer rims- Smaller is a chap stick cap, larger is a thimble.
Inside- Larger is a part from a circuit board, smaller is a metal nut. I couldn’t find anything else and besides, it kind of adds to the mismatched steampunk type look.
“Hair” is just cut yarn.
Skeleton key is from a hotel sometime in the early 1900’s.
All done with acrylics; finished with several coats of matte sealing spray…..
I would sell it but 1) I’m attached to it. 2) If I sold it then I wouldn’t have one and that was why I made it. 3) I probably couldn’t get enough out of it for it to be worth all the backbreaking, labor-intensive work.
I’m aware that it’s far from perfect. But I’m pretty pleased with it. Now if I can ever recover from this I’ll make a better 5…