From time to time, I have pretty unconventional stories in my life; for the most part, I keep them private and focus on digital art,
Faith is the first canvas of the End Times collection originating in late 2020. The End Times collection is inspired by biblical scripture focusing on bringing an uplifting spirit to the challenging days we are living in.
The mixed media print consists of digital photography and vector art. The canvas is stretched on hand-glued wood bars and printed on a textured Acid-free poly-cotton UV-coated base with high-quality fade resistance inks. Finished off, with embedded metals and spray paint stencils to bring the perfect fusion between digital and analog art.
Why Faith? It’s human nature to only believe what our physical eyes can see, but what about things we cannot see. That’s when faith comes into play, showing us the reality of what we hope for; telling it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
My approach to art is similar to cooking. You look at what you want to make, get the ingredients, mix them all up and let flavours come alive. Same with design, once I choose the colour scheme, vectors, formats and typography, it’s time to play some tunes and let the magic happen.
Usually, I don’t set any restrictions, it’s all freehand sort of speak until I feel the composition is complete. Once ready, I get nitty and gritty polishing every tiny detail not leaving a pixel out of my sight, and let me tell you when it comes to detail I can get in there for hours!
Talking about time, it’s all relative to me. I could work for days and hours in a row, although I find myself in need of a break leaving the art on pause for a few days or even weeks. Generally, I leave the file open and work bits at the time, I don’t pressure myself with deadlines, but I do try to manage my timing, otherwise, it gets out of control and could take me literally years getting things done if I get sidetracked. Ideally, I want to get it done as fast as possible as I’m always eager to see the final product.
Working on this collection has been different from the work I usually do. It led me to explore new formats and techniques as well allowed me to develop a deep connection with scripture, reminding me to strengthen my faith and start exercising my childlike imagination once again.
Above you can see images of the first digital draft in green, some of the stencil creation and recycled metal ready to be used. In the video below you can watch the behind scenes of each layer in the working file. All photography was shot with Google Pixel 2 and edited in Photoshop.
Faith consists of 20 customized prints. All metal pieces are hand-picked by me from metal scrap yards or bolts I randomly stumble upon in the streets. In regards to photography, I like taking photos of textures to later incorporate into my artwork. In this case, pictures were taken out of a street electrical box located on the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver.
Frankly, the artwork is superb, and the product photography don’t do justice to its intricate details. Each original is hand-numbered, dated and signed by Moi. All the canvas comes with a certificate of authenticity and a complimentary 5 x 5-inch mini magnet.
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