I am a fan of abstract art because there is never a clear cut message portrayed by the artist. I like to think of the interpretations of the art. A conceptual artist that I continue to gravitate to is Andres Ramos. He is known for his vibrant art through his photo post-processing and digital art painting.
I decided to try and create an abstract piece of art in his style with Photoshop on iPad. Out of the many works he made, I chose his “Rainbow Shower” part as my main inspiration. He has other vibrant and colorful pieces that I enjoy, but I love all of the different colors and textures from Rainbow Shower. I wanted to try something that I’ve never done before.
Looking at this image, my eyes want to look at many things, but my eyes are attracted to the lady and the umbrella. The shape is black, and the whitespace that is created from her is an intentional choice. Ramos could have put the lady with the umbrella on top of the background but instead made more dimension by showing that the black figure is connected to the rest of the piece. My eyes also follow the colors going down the work because it gives me the illusion of it actually “raining” or coming down. According to Mark Boulton, “designers use whitespace to create a feeling of sophistication and elegance,” which I think Ramos did in this piece. The article Basic Shapes and Relationship says, “design is about creating meaning from shapes.” I believe that Ramos was able to do that with his work, and it’s something that I wanted to accomplish with my work.
Ramos’s piece inspired me, but I wanted to recreate it and add my spin to it. I recognized that he had a black figure and whitespace, and I wanted to do the opposite of that. This is why my car is white, while my background is black. I kept thinking about four fundamental elements of two-dimensional design: line, shape, color, and texture. I chose to make the background black because I wanted to emphasize the stripe of color that’s coming out of the car. The black also underlines that the whitespace is only the car. It goes hand in hand with the design element of shape because viewers can recognize that it is a car without any distinct lines. I wanted to add a lot of texture to my piece by creating adding a lot of colors. I narrowed down the color to only look like it’s coming out of the car because I felt it would give it more depth and texture.
Overall, I enjoyed taking the elements of Ramos’s piece and adding my twist to them to make them seem like the same artist could do them. My work was created digitally, so it has a less “go with the flow” feel to it than Ramos’s original piece.
“Basic Shapes and Relationships.” Form, printingcode.runemadsen.com/lecture-form/.
Boulton, Mark, et al. “Whitespace.” A List Apart, 9 Jan. 2007, alistapart.com/article/whitespace/.
“Rainbow Shower Abstract Art Painting by Andres Ramos.” Pixels, pixels.com/featured/rainbow-shower-abstract-art-painting-andres-ramos.html.