This winter, I decided to play around with collage again, something I haven't done for years. Early in my career, a couple of clients asked for this style. Request Magazine was one client, published by Musicland. The art director asked me to create collage illustrations for stories on bands and general music topics. The other client was the Minneapolis weekly newspaper called City Pages.
This was around the time I was going digital, so I made collages with traditional cut out paper elements and also made collages digitally with images scanned into Photoshop (Photoshop 2.0 by the way).
To create collages again, my first task was to find collaging material. I had recently inherited a large clipping file collection of images from the seventies and early eighties. To add to this material, I went about searching for old department store catalogs and old magazines. I also replenished my supply of matte medium, brushes, and x-acto blades.
With all of my supplies laid out in front of me on my drawing table, I pulled up my stool, eager to get started.
As I began looking through the catalogs and magazines, I realized one important thing I had forgotten. My aging eyes could no longer focus in on close things. Cutting out small shapes was going to prove challenging.
What to do? I remembered that one of my grad school professors used magnifying goggles when she painted so she could focus in on the fine details. I did a little research and actually found a better solution, a magnifer lamp. I mentioned to my wife and daughter that I wanted one of these lamps for my Christmas present, and of course the Manx cat I had mentioned to them previously.
And then, on Christmas morning, awesome! I got my magnifier lamp! but no Manx cat (I really didn't think I would be getting a Manx cat anyway).
So now, cutting out little heads, like the one above, and other things would be a breeze.