Going B/W to improve

This is about using a cool tool in my iPhone to improve an art journal spread. Seems like a lot of work for an art journal spread, but it’ll pay off in other exercises I’m thinking.

So, I have this journal spread in BW (black and white) by using the black and white setting in the camera app on my smart phone.

But the unity is quickly overcome with chaos since there are some dark and light areas, but really a mass of confused and indecisive values.

On the right, the same spread, but with a bit more clarity in the overall conversation The tinted and shaded areas still let the pattern through (even though it’s really hard to see in these photos). But better because the overall conversation is more definite.

I’d spend more time on the specific big shapes since there is some sameness that is kind of boring. But, the overall cleaned up and clarified effect is unmistakable. The loud conversation is better. Not perfect, but better.

Trying that again, here are 2 more before and after spreads.

Where as on the right, the after, I had taken some transparent brown and clarified sections. The underlying pattern was still somewhat visible. Then I further enhanced the dark value shapes by overlaying very light value diamonds over top. Result: a more complex, and decisive spread. I also added some white lines to break up the dark patches somewhat. I don’t know that they do as much for the end result as I had initially thought. But they do add secondary interest.

That’s it for today. 🙂

In gratitude – Robin

1 thought on “Going B/W to improve

  1. Awesome post, Robin Jourdan. Love it! And YOU!

    Jerry Jourdan

    On Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 2:08 PM RobinJourdanFineArts wrote:

    > R. Jourdan posted: ” This is about using a cool tool in my iPhone to > improve an art journal spread. Seems like a lot of work for an art journal > spread, but it’ll pay off in other exercises I’m thinking. So, I have this > journal spread in BW (black and white) by using the ” >

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