When mouse and keyboard find each other, they become one of the most important family members in the computer group. They have this unique bound that connect with people’s social life for business and entertainment. Whey they meet aesthetic and ergonomics, both of them are formed into the must-use artworks.
Their curves, outlines, lights, and shadows carve the entire beauty into modern science & technology. When you press a key, the light effect as if a raindrop falls into the lake forming the ripple to bounce back from other keys. Meanwhile, the mouse’s light twinkles, giving its unique signal to the keyboard as if they were communicating.
I didn’t go for my Wacom or traditional pencil drawing this time. Instead, mouse and keyboard were my brushes. I created our Chinese ink painting with their help on the computer screen.
Illustrator, one of the most popular designing software developed and marketed by Adobe Inc., becomes a bridge to my artwork creation, in which’s normally being applied in a poster, business card, web design, format design, book design, illustration, etc. This is a graphic designer’s favorite vector graphics editor that was reviewed as the best vector graphics editing program in 2018 by PC Magazine. I even use this one for UI design as well.
However, painting with this graphics software is a little bit challenging for giving full control of the mouse and keyboard is not that easy. You need extra patience for creating outlines, shapes, curves of the image to look natural as the one that drew by painting brush.
Pen Tool and Anchor Point Tool was the best way to offer the better lines of the shape I wanted to be. If the line was not that curve enough, smooth tool spiced it up. To make sure the image profile meet my requirement, the anchor points and paths could be up to hundreds. Check out the two snapshots above, it might make you uncomfortable if you are a trypophobia since there’re lots of green and black anchor points covering all over the shapes.
I tried various brushes with the pencil tool to search for the style that fit a sense of ink painting perfectly, which’s seemed like painting with the real Chinese Brush. With the help of the color, size of the brushes, and weight of the strokes, I overlaid and adjusted for several times to copy the texture of the real Chinese art paper (Xuan Paper).
The composition of my ink painting were two types. Fish jumped out of the lake was the horizontal one. Fish touched the falling leave that lied on the center of the lake was the vertical one. Nature is the very first and the last place for me to dive in. The lake represented a kind of stillness while fish as if a small tickle in my heart. And the bamboos implied a way of perseverance while the falling leaves suggested the forgotten beauty in the world. Dream big and go for it. Especially in this cruel sociality that enterprises consider employees work for 6 days at 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and only have 1 day-off is the best solution for dedication. To slow down a bit, to find what you are long for, to search for the beauty of art, to enjoy the happiness of life, to feel that difference. Because the art that around you might disappear before you know it as if the terrible blaze devour the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. So cherish it, and make each day counts.
If you happened to love my ink painting, feel free to bring it home. When the mouse meets the keyboard, the mouse pad is a soft place to fall for the arts is everywhere.
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