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One of the ever present dynamics of making art are the decisions to work with, or work against, inherent tendencies. The digital medium has certain tendencies, like flat colors, because the medium is not fluid like paint. It tends toward either perfectly formed shapes because of its built in drafting tools, or awkwardly drawn shapes because of it's mouse/tablet interface. It tends toward small formats because computer monitors can only display a relatively small amount of information at once. It tends toward flat surface textures because it's a medium of pixels rather than viscous paint on textured surfaces. These are characteristics that I usually contend with. On the other hand, digital is easily capable of complex fine detail that would be tedious in traditional mediums. It favors layering over fluid blending. It favors repetition and pattern. It favors willful choice over happenstance by virtue of the powerful undo button. These are things I usually embrace. Then there are other tendencies such as my preference for yellow or aversion to green, or the organic feel of curves and irregularity versus the man-made implications of hard straight edges. These are things I try to balance and give equal consideration.

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