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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

dready seeing red ...


                          dready 'vdub kombi' - limited edition archival pigment print # of 99 - 30x20

there are some things that are important to me when i'm drawing a dready ...

first is which characters am i using; am i drawing traditional dreadys or evolved dreadys ... this depends on the story i'm after.

when the drawing starts I want to know what can i leave out ... what do I need to show you so that you can tell what am drawing - I'm after a simplicity, so even an evolved character may have very little going on in them - they have no faces for instance, they have the shape of a face and the tilt of a head but no face ...

In the bigger image, as well, i wanna know what's central to the story and what do I not need to draw ... do I need to draw the hill, the wall, the road, the building, the boat or can i indicate that with a line or two ...

all the while am looking for the whimsy - it's not humour really, but whimsy, the thing that makes you smile: the way someone is standing, the setting of the scene, the inclusion of a goat (or a dog or a chicken or a bird) ...

And too finally, the colours - there's always some red, yellow and green, I have to find the place for that ... it's like the dready signature, always there somewhere ... but more importantly the bold strong background colour - it has to match the key image, it has to match the mood I'm after - it has to kinda say something in itself, and I want it to be strong ... even if it's 'tan' its gotta be a strong tan!!!

easy nuh ...




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