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Thea the Thinker, Line and Tone
Thea the Thinker, Line and Tone
Digital_Cintiq 24 Pro_PhotoShop_Hard Pencil
Printed copy = 36" in the longer dimension

I typically use very few layers to make my digital art, but for "Thea the Thinker, Line and Tone," I used 20 layers, of which this artwork is the 19th layer. (See “Thea the Thinker, Tone” to see the tonal variant). Each layer shows step-by-step how I made this artwork from start to finish. I used it as a demonstration and lecture for my digital painting course at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Spring 2024.

I used a lot of what are called “cross contour lines.” Cross contour lines wrap around and across a form to describe a form’s terrain and thus amplify its volume. I use these lines rhythmically, too, to create movement, flow, energy, etc. I use cross contour in “Adrina, Line and Tone” and “Adrina, Line” and in many of my digital paintings from 2022 and the first half of 2023.