“How do I get such crisp, clean edges on my elemental shapes?”
This has got to be the top question people ask me when visiting me at an event or in my studio. Just this morning I received an email from an art student in Canada wondering how I get those really crisp, clean lines in my elemental shapes. So, I thought I’d post here about how I do what I do….
I’ll make this a three-post topic since my key has to do with both materials/tools and technique. But in this first post, I’ll try defining “elemental”, especially since I made it up and you won’t find my definition in wikipedia!
David Castle’s Elemental: “A painted shape, usually rectangular or square, that has crisp, defined edges and is created using a variety of brushes on a typically absorbent paper surface”.
Notice I sprinkled a few loose descriptors in there such as “usually” and “typically”. I think this is because of the nature of my elementals (and one reason I named them that) – they have a kind of organic nature about them. For example, in my last post, you’ll see some elementals that are certainly not rectangular. And, I’ve also tried painting a few elementals on non-absorbent surfaces such as Yupo (those sure took a long time to dry!).
I’ve never actually tried to create a descriptive definition of my elementals; but, a picture is worth a thousand definitions, so:
These are elementals. These are not.