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After experimenting with the accidental shapes that occurred when I was painting other subjects, I decided to develop it into a style. Keeping in mind the surreal images that are produced from the Apophenia Effect, I decided to start drawing (by hand) a creature that would be potentially made from the original method. Think of it as producing the result before going along with the procedure. I kept in mind that it needed to be surreal as always, and that it would be a creature of some kind. So following those two rules alone I created something out of nothing. This was the result:
It clearly gives off a different vibe, in fact, it has a completely different purpose when this effect is induced purposely without any chaotic structure. Because there is order in this creation it is very different to what has been previously produced. I found this interesting and it may be a sign that the human mind, although recognizing patterns and shapes in random sets of data, may not be able to create randomness out of nothing. So still despite the Apophenia Effect coming from chaos, even that has some type of order which is recognizable by the brain.
Drawing this creature with so much rules and limitations was difficult as the mind tends to roam free when you draw from imagination.
After sketching and drawing more observations from the Apophenia collection. I decided to start adapting it to pure creature development. Because of the shapes and forms that paint chippings can sometimes make, most observable creations give a very familiar appearance, that being, the appearance of a surreal creature or situation. Even mood can be caught in the mix. My last blog I drew an observation I called 'Melancholy Whale'.
So here in this blog, as a development of what I've previously discovered, I have used the paint chippings to purposely fashion a creature. Of course manipulating the pieces is difficult due to their size (and I didn't want to cut them to shape at this stage) so I tried to piece them together strategically and this is the result.
Adding the google eyes and little teeth was just for a bit of fun, to give it more character. But still the chaotic pieces within the body and its limbs still create the Apophenia effect. Almost immediately I saw something in the hind legs of this creature where the red and yellow paint is thick and non-blended. I called it the 'Tragic Girl' because of the mood it gave off. Something about a girl kneeling down, looking upset and surrounded by nothing. The pigtails I drew also look very wrong according to reality.
See if you can spot her in the creature :)
Just writing to explain a little bit about my work.
I do love to paint all types of things and get involved in all types of artworks. But for the most part I am currently focusing on paintings inspired by the Apophenia effect on the human mind. This is the psychological phenomenon that occurs when the human mind is faced with a random set of data, the mind will tend to seek out patterns and objects within this data.
For example, one of my paintings made out of paint chippings which I call 'Rainbow Slide', contains many different types of images. I have drawn the ones that I see in the painting here (I also apologize for the bad quality):
The sketches are drawn separately to become more visible and noticeable. They do become mini works of art themselves by being viewed separately. But once these sketches are made, inspiration still continues the Apophenia Effect and the mini sketches derived from the big painting turn into more developed subjects. I have done this on a more recent painting, the 'Balance of Power' painting.
The giant creature in the centre surrounding an earth-like planet was a clear subject to notice. I decided to develop this further, and just by judging its textures, shapes and form, also by fleshing out the skeleton of what I saw, I had created a fantastic cosmic creature which tells a different story. Although I haven't finished this drawing yet, because I'm very excited to show the progression!
Another interesting element of these paintings is that the images you may see can be different at night time as well. I used to observe the 'Rainbow Slide', this particular painting day and night while it was hanging in my room. There are some images, due to the shadows and blurry night vision, which I only saw at night time when observing this painting. Here are some:
Please have a look at my Apophenia Effect paintings and have a go and drawing what you see. Every vision is special to each individual.
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