CHINA TRIP: USING FOUND TEXTURES AND PATTERNS 1/3SKETCH / ILLUSTRATION: MAKING USE OF ‘FOUND’ TEXTURES AND PATTERNS
The following sketch of a girl in China was done on a wash in my sketchbook – hence all the ripples in the paper. The facing page was an attempt to suggest the general state of the masked out sun in Beijing and Shanghai, and the murky yellow or grey light and skies:
Several of the numerous photos I took in China were of ‘found’ patterns and textures:
and one was of this ageing, eroded metal door in a Shanghai hutong area:
In Photoshop I played about with hues and saturation on the ‘background’ then layered and incorporated the sketch to create the final illustration:
Recently I searched through my ‘China pictures’ and found these photos I had taken in Shanghai, Beijing, and from the cable car for the Great Wall..
Without wanting to get overly philosophical, I think that the impulse that draws me (and others) to capturing such textures and patterns, ‘accidents’ that are not contrived by anyone (artist or otherwise) is that they count for something true and genuine where the lack of any deliberate artifice both grounds me and allows/gives permission for the artifice I will perpetrate when utilising it in an illustration. I don’t think that has been expressed very well but I hope it makes some sense.