I have been planning of explaining for a while how I work. I have been asked a lot lately… do you draw? Is it all digital? How do you proceed? Do you sketch a lot before going to final? So I will try to explain to you the process. By now you know I use a lot of old photos in my digital collages. I just love the general feel of these photos (what they call cabinet card). I have been collecting them for years now, so they are a big part of my collages. Still they rarely appear as the original, as I would pick 2 or 3 faces to make one. So where do I get all these pictures, you may ask? Well I have been doing digital collages for a long time so I have quite a big collection of Victorian era photos, some already scans, some in the process of being scanned. An important point I would like to make about photos… I am not a fan of people finding pictures online, because it surely belong to someone else (and you dont want to do that, unless you want to infringe on other’s copyrights and have some serious problems). However, it is possible to to find some pictures that are in the public domains online, still… better be safe then sorry so always try to find (be) your own source of images.
This is why I also like to take lots of pictures (hands, trees, grass, etc) anything that I would need to make a final image. I also browse into old books and very old magazines that I have here, that contains ancient prints of animals, objects and parts, put it all together digitally, add colors… and draw some elements that I cannot find anywhere. At this point it’s a matter of personal feeling and liking. Then I try to take a step back. Do something else and come back later.