The whimsicalwood Graphics Pages are divided up into:
Graphic Work - Which includes; drawing with graphite, coloured pencil and pen and ink. Pyrography is also included as drawing. Though pyrography produces lines and tones, not with applied pigment or stain, but by scorched tones produced on, mainly timber surfaces of a suitable type, with a heated wire nib.
After the drawing category is painting, which includes watercolour and acrylic including the combination of these with drawn line work, such as line and wash painting.
All of these categories tend to merge. Even where artist's oil paint and its mediums are concerned, water soluable oils etc can be used in combination with other mediums. However this should only be attempted when suitable precautions are observed for the archival stability of any work done.
The use of drawing and water-based painting materials is usually associated with works on paper, but I have included rock painting in the graphics section because I have been employing the same graphics techniques in rock painting.
Digital illustration is also included in the grahics section, as it mostly derives from drawn and painted work. Work which has been scanned in order to be finished as coloured illustration in Photoshop.
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Lettering - includes, drawn and written lettering. The drawn lettering I have done, usually on paper with black or coloured pencil, differs from calligraphy or lettering written with ink using a pen.
The drawn lettering is often based on calligraphy, both traditional forms, informal styles and also on Roman letters and their derivatives. Other sources of inspiration include; typography, vintage sign-writing and other show card and ticket writing.
As with other categories, hand-lettering blends with other graphic work and I often include hand lettering as a component in, predominantly graphic works, paintings, carvings and other wood-art.
Dimensional Art - is by no means unique as a category. It is very like other visual arts. It is like drawing and painting. It is also very like carving. But even more like modelling with clay. And more again like assemleage sculptures or representational, semi-scale or exact scale model making.
That is, model making from a line-drawn plan from scratch or from a construction kit. Such models built to scale, and with more or less historical research invested in their making, are mostly built with an intention, to be something other than an object that inspires by how nice it looks. To my mind however, these projects certainly can be something that inspires by how nice they look... and that's why I am happy to regard them as art!
In a drawing, outlines depict shapes. Shorter, massed lines or blended shading sugests forms. In a carving, material is removed, in under or around guidelines, to produce actual forms. Carving in low relief partly suggests forms, progressively deeper relief carving suggests form more solidly until they are rendered as a full embodiment, when the carving is 'in the round'.
In the case of dimensional art, work comences with already moulded or cut forms, made perhaps from paper, wood, metal, plastic or other material, perhaps found and re-purposed objects, natural or manufactured. These forms are then assembled into a finished art work. The finished work can be a low relief picture, a diorama, an assemblage sculpture or a model. scale or otherwise.
The category blurs into automata when assembled sculpture is animated and blurs into graphics when scanned and phoyographed component forms are assembled in Photoshop as a digital illustration.