Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ptero Tarot: The World
I've become somewhat less rigid in my views over the last 18 years. There's more room for ambiguity in my world. So when working on updating this drawing, I chose to use color -- not just some color, but every color. I converted the original into vectors in Illustrator (resulting in a HUGE file) and then colored my stippled spirals with a spectral gradient. Using a clone of the stippling in black, I offset it slightly so that each tiny pip has a black shadow. I built a black border and set it into the field of dots, largely to eliminate what I still see as mistakes and flaws in the original design. Lastly, I moved my typography (rather shamelessly paraphrased from Babylon 5) near the top of the image, changing it from black to gray with a black shadow.
I've included the original for comparison. Even though my challenge was to draw gray -- and from a distance it is perceptually gray -- I've never fooled myself into thinking this drawing was anything but black and white. Just like I used to be.