Tuesday, August 14, 2007

At What Price, Liberty?

Today I decided to revisit a collage piece that I'd had on the backburner. Sometimes I just have to put things aside to gain some perspective on them or to let them come into focus more clearly. This was one of those projects. And I'm glad I decided to put it aside, rather than try to force it when I originally started it, as I think the end result is much more coherent.

You might perhaps notice a recurring theme? I'm not sure how much longer it's going to be holding court here, so I guess I'll just ride it out and see where it's going. I have some other ideas floating around, but so far they're just enticing me, so I really don't know when they'll be joining the party.

So without further ado, here's today's offering!

At what Price, Liberty?

(I expect you'll want to click the image for a closer look.
There's a LOT of detail in the border!)

It's a Good Thing I'm Picky!

I'm not gonna lie, I'm kinda embarrassed about the earlier incarnations of my current collage. Now that I've taken a good bit of time to rework the colours, I feel that the image has a lot more punch. While it's all well and good to use a few vibrant colours for visual appeal, it can distract, not only from the image itself, but from the underlying message. So I think the reworking of this image has really helped, both with the impact and the message. Before the colours were a bit muddy, aside from being a bit distracting. Sure the glaring brightness might have pointed up the irony of the image, but I don't really think that needed highlighting. Also I think the previous colour scheme competed with more than complimented the image.

Now the only problem is deciding which of the later variants I like best. There are three contenders, but for me it's a tie between two of them. I do already have in mind which one I prefer, but I wonder which one appeals most to others. So here are, what I believe to be, the final three variants of Protect Your Future.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Artwork!

I think this is finished. I'm going to post it here anyway and, if it turns out that I decide it needs tweeking, I can always post the revised image later.


Monday, August 6, 2007

Plastic Dreams: A Beginning

While I have worked under the moniker of Plastic Smile for several years, I have yet to form a web presence specifically for that venture. So perhaps this can be a start.

I've spent a good portion of this past week getting an online shop up and running through Cafe Press and am very excited to see how it takes off. A lot of that time has been taken up with applying images to items and getting the layout organized. Hopefully I'll figure out quicker ways to do that, but in the meantime I've managed to make a good number of products available through this shop.

Here's a picture link to my shop: