Underwater by stevek, using Peacock’s Shape Draw feature on advanced.aviary.com
[The topic yesterday was the Shape Draw function in advanced.aviary.com‘s Peacock. Another artist on Aviary, stevek, uses Shape Draw very differently than my examples can show — so I asked him to provide some of his work and to write a bit about the Peacock sub-tool that he knows better than anyone else in the community. Full disclosure: Steve is a longtime beloved friend as well as being an artist who found his voice on Aviary. Below is what Steve wrote.]
All images in this post are copyright Steve Klarer____________________________________________________________
“Yeats’s question at the end of The Second Coming, “… and what rough beast, its hour come round at last/Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” had been rattling around my mind since I first saw it in high school. It’s a troubling poem about troubling times and it ends with a troubling image.
“Using Shape Draw to push and stretch my responses to that question brought forth a piece that allowed me to respond to Yeats, to express a response. It’s been well received.
Tsunami by stevek, using Peacock’s Shape Draw feature on advanced.aviary.com
“Shape Draw isn’t just for pulling out dark images. It’s a tool for making anything. I think that Frail Deeds Dancing (although created in a moment of grief) is light and playful. A silly and rather sentimental piece that I did in my early Shapedraw experiments got the title Welcome. I’ve just had a request to donate it to a residential center for homeless kids. They chose it because it makes them feel good. I’m glowing with happiness that I could make and give them such a gift. And it’s due to Peacock and mostly to Shape Draw.”
[In response to the demise of Peacock stevek posted his illustration to the following poem by Constantine P. Cavafy]
Engulfed by fear and suspicion,
mind agitated, eyes alarmed,
we try desperately to invent ways out,
plan how to avoid
the obvious danger that threatens us so terribly.
Yet we’re mistaken, that’s not the danger ahead:
the news was wrong
(or we didn’t hear it, or didn’t get it right).
Another disaster, one we never imagined,
suddenly, violently, descends upon us,
and finding us unprepared -there’s no time now-
sweeps us away.
Constantine P. Cavafy
Things Ended by stevek, using Peacock’s Shape Draw feature on advanced.aviary.com
[After eye surgery yesterday — happily a success — bed is an important destination. Your weary blogger will have another eager go at it tomorrow.]