The Explore & Play | Visual Art series was created for my son, Duncan. Interested in illustration and creating sprites for Minecraft and Scratch, Duncan asked me how to create graphics in Photoshop Elements 12. Of course, I was all too happy to comply!
Sometimes, I imagine that a story begins in the way that ripples do in calm water. An action creates sound—a pebble disrupting the still surface—and meaning spreads outward from there. Each wave reminds me that the impact is additive, too. Sounds shape words, words shape sentences, sentences shape paragraphs, and so on. Visually, it’s a useful metaphor that focuses my attention on the power of words; on how they give form to the story like those concentric rings reshaping the body of water.