Beyond the awe, there is a philosophy behind my art, and perhaps a little bit of that scientific experimenter spirit. In my abstract art especially there is a philosophy of embracing emergence. The very processes that are used to create these postmodern contemporary digital fractal abstracts, with that Zen like quality, accommodate the science of emergent systems. Sometimes unexpected patterns emerge. The unplanned has as much a part, as that which was planned, and the result is a kind of aesthetic Rorschach test. It’s not about what I make in the art, it’s what the viewer sees in it, and that becomes as personal and individualized as possible.
My titles for these abstracts reflect perhaps a little of that Rorschach test of myself, for it is only after the creation that I sit back look at it, and ask myself what do I see in it? Generally the title follows as the answer to that question. That is another way in which emergent systems has a part in this creative philosophy. For example, Chester the Cybernetic Owl emerged out of the processes of my blending layers, and filtering of various types, as well as a little color enhancement along the way. I didn't originally set out to create Chester, rather he emerged in a somewhat spontaneous way, almost as if he sought to come into existence, and found me as the willing artistic receptor to carry out that creation. As soon as I saw him, his story emerged in my mind, but when you see him, you may see something entirely different than what I see in this emergence. It is probably best that my art is first viewed, before reading the title. Decide what you see first, before allowing yourself to be influenced by the title I’ve given it.
In my last post I mentioned that I produce two distinctly different kinds of digital creative outlets. I touched on the first of those two, 3D computer graphics.
The other style of digital art that I currently spend more time working on now-a-days, are postmodern contemporary digital abstract works, heavily made up of experiments with fractal geometric layers blended creatively. I love creating these abstracts, for the very process of creating them has grown for me into a very Zen like place, as I flow the layers though a series of visual experiments, trying out various blends, filters, and color enhancements. Some days when the flow is right, I can find myself creating multiple finished pieces in one setting. Sometimes I like to create groups of color variations, or multiple versions of a theme. The titles of those groups include either a variation, or a version number. This is an old tradition among artists, which I happily uphold, and seems to fit quite well with this sort of abstract art. While I will always enjoy 3D computer art, I think my most genuine artistic heart is found in my abstract work. I feel a truly creative goal in this style of art. It is for that reason that I chose to make up my portfolio at "See Me" with this abstract style exclusively: See Me Portfolio. As a style of art, it has a meaning beyond a primarily commercial venture. So, in that most bohemian sense of the word it is more essentially just art for art’s sake, not art with a specific commercial purpose, such as cover art for a magazine, book, or e-book, though it most certainly is capable of being sold in various forms, not the least of which as art prints. I have a department at my Zazzle store devoted to just that, Fractal And Abstract Art Prints.
I guess I should start from here with what has led me to this point, and then we’ll take it from there. Bill M. Tracer Studio is my creative outlet with two distinctly different kinds of art, though on rare occasion they do cross over a bit. Those two kinds of art are both digital in nature, but are otherwise quite different from one another.
The world of 3D computer graphics have long intrigued me, and 3D modeling, as well as designing wrap around textures and materials for those 3D figures. I’ve used my growing skill set with 3D computer graphics to do modeling and texturing, as well as creating animations for certain clients, and to design book cover art, for my own written works, as well as professional cover art work for other clients. Delving into the world of 3D computer graphics of course involves acquiring and making use of licensed 3D models from others and posing those figures along with those I've either made myself, or modified for my specific use in images either for myself or clients. To the right you see an example of a potential book cover, which I currently have available at my Book Cover Designer Store at: Bill M. Tracer Studio Cover Designer
Several years ago, as a freelance artist, I created Bill M. Tracer Studio. It is the art studio through which I create many different forms of artistic expressions. But I am more than a freelance artist. I added the word “Creations” to the name Bill M. Tracer Studio, because the range of creations now comes from more than just my art studio. It now includes my studio and my office. BMT Studio Creations encompasses visual artistic creations, written creations, fiction and speculative nonfiction, book publishing, print and e-books, and with a definite movement into multimedia, now launched with this blog. If you'd like to see many examples of my art creations applied to various art products I refer you to my Zazzle store found at Bill M. Tracer Studio at Zazzle.
Consequently, my blog will be about the process of growing Bill M. Tracer Studio Creations from where it is to wherever it spreads itself further into the Cosmos. The possibilities are opened. Such is the natural way of the Creative. A Creative is harder to pin down to a specific label. Such individuals are most often repelled by labels. I know I am. So, I’m not just an artist. I am not just an author. I’m not just a speculative philosopher. I am not just an explorer of metaphysical realms, and I am not just a futurist and gazer into the Akashic Record, rather I am those plus more. I am a Creative. The life of a Creative is most often shaped much like a quest. The Creative’s quest can lead a path that may appear to some as meandering aimlessly, but be assured while it may indeed meander, it is never aimless. There is method. There is purpose with every step.
Creative: Bill M. Tracer
I’m not just an artist. I am not just an author. I’m not just a speculative philosopher. I am not just an explorer of metaphysical realms, and I am not just a futurist and gazer into the Akashic Record, rather I am those plus more. I am a Creative.