A few weeks ago I started making digital work on my iPhone and posting these pieces directly to my tumblr page. I've recently become more curious in applying my own analog painting process to a digital format.
There was a really interesting essay in the summer 2013 issue of ArtForum that got me thinking about this approach. In "2011" writer Michael Sanchez (read an expert here) attempts to map out the cultural shift of art viewing from the physical space of the gallery to a largely digital experience. While he sites the gradual affect digital viewing has had on the art world in general, I started thinking about taking as direct approach as possible.
Working in Digital
It seemed that making work at the scale of my iPhone screen, using strictly digital effects (little to no faux-paintbrush or airbrush affects) was somehow analogous to the way I most often view work on tumblr - on my phone. I wanted to see what it was like to compress the making and viewing experience into the same space, because our online lives, our interests, personas, and engagement with friends and family are so typically maintained in this same rectangular space.
I'm using a drawing app called Tayasui Sketches because it lets me import and draw over photos or images. I've been developing a series of color field photos based on house hold objects and scenarios. I've used several of these color fields as a ground for drawings, as well as photos of my own paintings. Some use screenshots of other images on Tumblr - adding to them, and then putting them back out into the feed.
Tumblr is an interesting venue in which to experiment with new work. It's social, and it is possible to get work seen and shared by others pretty easily. It has a similar amount of satisfaction as having a post liked or reshared on any other network - minimal and fleeting - but from a digital strategy standpoint, it does offer some key benefits. I won't go into more detail on this now, as I'm writing another post on this subject.
If you are an artist on Tumblr follow me, and/or let me know your domain in the comments below so I can check out your work. If you comment, please share your experience of sharing art using the Tumblr platform. I'm interested in how other artists or designers are using it.