Derrick Grant

The Grantique Style, Multimedia on Canvas:

When creating this original art, my intention is to involve the observer, as much as possible, in the story being portrayed by the art piece. Therefore, every piece is thought of, and created by imaging the final canvas as a three-dimensional creation (as if on were to peek into a room) that draws the observer in the story. This is why a reflecting sphere is always present within view of the person looking at the piece.

Based on this prologue, this is why I use 3D computer programs that employ forms created within the potential 3D space of the computer monitor. After arranging the structures within this space, I paint the contents digitally (called mapping), determine the lighting and atmospheric conditions, then direct the computer to render (create from a 3D mathematical function to 2D pictorial realization) the image.  This rendered image is then taken to a photo manipulation program where lighting, shadows, and colors are modified to satisfy my creative needs.

The image is then taken to a painting program that allows me to use a pen-like mouse to draw structures on the image; i.e., clothes, hair, water, sand, leaves, and skin textures. The final image is then printed on canvas or on paper with Epson Chromium long-live inks. In the case of the canvas further painting is done (after several coatings of polyurethane) with either acrylics or oil to bring out the nuances (skin, hair, water foam, trees) in the piece and to increase the interaction of the reflected light with the surfaced on the canvas. This approach results in an art piece that feels similar to the Renaissance artwork yet a mixture of the Surrealist approach with a modern feel of highly reflective lights and potential images (seen in the spheres) in that reflect information to the viewer.
Derrick Grant
 

Derrick Grant Art in Fosilarte Gallery:
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"Carnival Dance"
"Isolation"
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"The Approach"
"The Couple II"
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"Three Elemental Graces II"
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"Kidsplay II"
"Rejections"
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"Meditationonwater"
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"Moment in Time"
"Day at the Beach"
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"Silent Moment"
"Market Woman"
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"Dualities of Eve"
"Apollos Template"
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"Cocktail Party"
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"Edens Flows"
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"Embrace Your Self"
"Kites over San Juan"
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"Clowns Reflection"
"Rock Emergence"
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"Skeleton Flight"
"Taste the Seas"
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"The Anamorphic Mother"
"The Color of Music"
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"The Corporate Cage"
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