I am in the process of fleshing out the flocking code for a client. While working on that piece, I wondered what it would look like if the flocking objects rained down a fine mist of ink onto a piece of paper. And so Ink Trails was born (I need to come up with catchier names for these pieces).
Detail from the topmost image.
Im going to need you to close your eyes. Imagine if you will a few hundred ribbons moving through space. Sometimes they move as a unit, sometimes alone. Each ribbon exudes a mist of black ink which descends slowly onto the paper below. Actually, perhaps black powder would make more sense, because if the ribbon descends low enough to touch the paper, it ends up wiping the powder away and reexposing the white paper beneath. The higher the ribbon, the more spread out the mist, the lower the more concentrated.
The end result is a bit expected Im afraid. It ends up looking like all manner of strange attractor prints I have seen over the last few years. I am trying to push it out of the ‘marblized paper’ category into something more personal and will be sure to post my further explorations here and on flickr.
The best part of this process is showing the movie of the creation. Ends up giving the final 2D print more merit once you see how it was made. Or not. You decide. Vimeo version below, or you can watch the Quicktime for a different image here.