Having used textured backgrounds in my last piece, the retro bearded man (see last blog post), i thought i would take it on a level and see how i can combine textures.
by overlaying the two textures on top of each other, i have been able to create a gritty and punchy backdrop. This helped contrast against the modern, pixelated style of the leopard... hopefully adding a unique spin to catch the eye!
My plan is to explore more creative backgrounds that i can find in the natural and man made patterns and textures all around us. i'm hopefully going to start to build my very own stock library for future editorial work.
i'm working on my current project, ancient pop, and thought i would look to chuck in some retro to the mix!
building a library of interesting and unique backgrounds, textures and patterns is really useful for those spontaneous moments when you want to liven up an image.
surely that costs?... well actually it doesn't! there are many different websites where you can download free files, i use www.photoshoproadmap.com - you can also download custom brushes there too.
after an amazing trip to oslo, i have kicked off my post-trip work with this bold image of the snake, that adorned the head of a viking ship. the vikings certainly knew how to create eye catching art and i was drawn to this snake (or is it a dragon?) for its mixture of curves and patterns.
I am using a line drawing technique to make this a bold image. i am now in the process of applying colour. the finished product will be up on the site soon.