Steve Welch is an artist and designer who creates mixed-media collage-and-acrylic pieces and also works professionally in digital media. He says he follows a similar process no matter what type of project he’s working on. He starts with a lot of sketching to generate and explore ideas, then he starts developing his ideas with a certain visual goal in mind. As he proceeds, he allows new ideas and discoveries to influence his path along the way until his series of artistic decisions sets a definite direction.
Like many artists who have a background in design, Steve finds inspiration from wide-ranging and diverse visual sources. Steve has a three-year-old daughter and has been inspired a lot lately by the art in children’s books. He sometimes finds children’s books that might be more advanced than his daughter is ready for, but that he picks up because of the ideas he gets from the subjects and style of the illustrations. His piece today was partly inspired by illustrations in a book he found recently, and partly grew out of sketches from projects he’d done in the past — labels he designed for a line of biscuits for horses, and flowers from a collaboration on a book project. Steve likes to save sketches and ideas that he’s worked on before to adapt and re-use in new ways. Collage is an art form that allows an artist to bring a lot of different ideas together in one piece and also lends itself to a very fluid, intuitive process of development. These characteristics fit Steve’s style and creative process very well.
The last picture below shows Steve’s mixed-media painting at the end of the day Tuesday. We’ll post an update with a picture of his finished piece. UPDATE: The final picture show Steve’s finished piece.
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