Engines Everywhere

Vernissage.8bf (square chunks), India Ink (texture lines), a couple of Andrew Buckle's coloring filters of no fixed address...

I think it's natural for artists, or creative people in general, to acquire a semi-nomadic pattern of working. Picking up a new method or, in a digital context, a new program -- a new type of imagery -- eventually leads to boredom unless one moves on to something else.

The new something else doesn't have to be something you've never used before. In fact, I think one gets more out of the various generators they use by taking a break and working with one at a time and coming back and rediscovering the first.

Recently, I worked with Fyre for about a month. I was intrigued by it's smooth gradients and black and white "colors"; it was a nice relief from the colored chunks of photoshop filtering (i.e. "clickism"). But now I've drifted back to the Vernissage filter and working over the blocky results with various filters -- back to clickism.

Vernissage, whacked to pieces by picture chopper (?), india inked (as always) then symmetrical-ified by Mirror, Mirror

One of the new things I've acquired is the use of a filter that does simple mirroring and produces symmetry. Symmetry can sometimes create more interesting things ironically by simplifying the image as it makes both sides the same.

Symmetry ought to be boring because it creates predictability and literally makes half the image redundant. Our brains however, don't seem to see it that way; which is what makes art such an elusive thing to study.

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