Friday, February 25, 2011


Recently I've been playing around a lot in Photoshop, experimenting and trying out different coloring techniques that I've always meant to try but for one reason or another never got around to doing. If you've been following my work you know that I primarily work with inks, acrylics, and gouache. I did a few digital illustrations while I was at Otis, but I stuck with traditional media because it was more comfortable to me, and because I didn't think my digital illustrations had the same character and "life" that my paintings did. Also, I love having something tactile, a real-life piece you can hold in your hands.

Aaanyyywayyyy, I finally have the tools, time, and focus to experiment a bit more with digital illustrations, so I did this portrait of Sufjan Stevens:

I took the aesthetic from Sufjan's latest video and his recent live show get-ups. What do you think?

I also scanned a bunch of scrap paper on which I tested out colors for various paintings (there are probably at least a dozen different paintings represented here) and made this kaleidoscopic image:

Then I messed around with colors, filters, and adjustment layers to make it look pixelated. Originally, this was gonna be a more prominent part of the Sufjan illustration, but there was a lot going on already, so I confined the pixels to Sufjan's lenses:

Experimentation! Yay!


Sarah "Sae" Soh said...

Electrifyingly beautiful!!!!
Oh Jurian Jurian... how I missed your posts!

lostsailors said...

I think it looks great! Even more so considering it was sort of a first foray into the world of digital illustration It has a wonderful retro graphic vibe to it.

I am the same with digital art, I want to be better at it, but I get so frustrated trying to be patient while I learn the tools. I usually give up, do what I need by hand (because it's faster, ha), scan it and go from there.

Ramone Henry said...

really cool. I enjoyed the slight change-up in style there. I also really liked the colors used, the first one was really interesting to me. the whole thing to me looked very 80's-ish. very cool.

Jules said...

Thanks guys!

mylan said...

<3 i love the mixing of the drawing with the digital. niiice!!!

Summer said...

LOVE Sufjan Stevens. yay! Great pieces. As usual.

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