“The Nocturnal Messenger” (digital painting/collage – 2017)
In the beginning I started combining elements of my photographs as a really quick sketch pad kind of thing. It’s quick in that the images are more completely developed and give a more complete idea of what a finished intaglio print might look like. It also aids enormously in breaking down the steps one might use in creating them. Intaglio requires a streamlining in terms of color passes through the press and an analysis of which colors might be combined in a single pass. The softwares at their simple level think in the same way that one thinks when producing a print in terms of layers and the ordering of layers. But, the vast majority of them remain as digital files to be printed as digital art. I still find it a fun exercise, or I must find it so, because I have made so many. I guess like most sketches many of them will not become handmade prints.