My recent work is a testament to the illuminators of the medieval ages and the pre-computer technical draftsmen.
The first step I take in creating one of these works is to research ancient machines. It is important to choose ones with interesting forms and personal meaning.
The next step is to prepare the substrate with an abstract layer. Although little of this layer is seen in the final work, it will provide depth to the image.
The base colors are then chosen and applied in several layers. These layer are often separated with layers of different acrylic mediums to achieve the varying optical effects.
Next the form is collaged onto the substrate. Some of the smaller forms are collaged digitally prior to attaching it to the substrate. Once the collage form is set, the ink forms are drawn.
After the forms are complete, the long process of illustrating and embellishing the forms is begun. The many layers and details serve to provide a contemplative image that is essentially abstract.
As a final step the calligraphy and characters are added to dispel any impression of regimentation. The goal is a technical background which provides a framework which will allow abstract, poetic or humorous considerations to come forward.