Cygnus Papilio: Assemblage Art by Joseph Goode
Complex works drawing inspiration from the natural world and also from artists who have strived to make the mundane magical.
It begins by the somewhat painstaking process of foraging through thousands of vintage publications of long-forgotten etchings & paintings. These are often over 500 years old & from countries spanning the globe. Once they are carefully chosen, they are captured digitally, then organised and filed in extensive archives. Then each image is processed by digital renovation, which comprises of touching-up, cleaning, reshaping, colour-balancing & cropping. These components are then individually imported as single layers into the master artwork, which comprises of many hundreds of other such layers. These are then rescaled, repositioned, rotated, blended, re-ordered & merged with other components thousands of times over as the artwork begins to take shape. As it develops, many new components are added, and the process is repeated. This whole process may require starting over several times before a satisfactory composition is achieved. Backgrounds, overlays & typographic elements are added to the piece, which is finally formatted for printing. The whole process can take several hundreds of hours.