It’s a funny name I expect, since most of my images tend to be on the lighter side, usually with a bit of a twist - to match my sense of humour I guess.
The ‘digital’ bit is self-explanatory. Anyone who knows me IRL, even those who wonder about the two pairs of glasses, will twig to the ‘twilight’ part.
I started seriously noodling with digital art in 1989, using a very early version of CorelDraw at work and hand-coding vector drawings in Basic at home (if you have ever done you know that it is a royal pain…). But after 22 years of pushing a mouse around a pad in Photoshop, GIMP and the rest I still love creating new images and exploring techniques and ideas. If I had my choice (and won the lottery!) I would love to spend the next 22 years teaching kids the ins and outs of digital art!
But a few years ago a funny thing happened at work.
I fell over turning a corner. *WHAM* And somehow in the falling I ‘popped-out’ my hip. Needless to say I was in a lot of pain but was able to make it back to my desk, where a really dear co-worker massaged some major knots out of my neck and back (it was work so I didn’t even ask for a hip massage!).
A few days later it happened again.
And then one day a couple weeks later I walked into a wall - and fell over.
Long story short my central nervous system was falling apart rapidly, signals coming in fine but commands to legs and arms getting lost in the shuffle.
I ended up at home for three years while the docs tried to figure it all out. Slowly things improved so that I didn’t need a cane to get around the house - I still carried it with me - and I had enough control of my left side to drive again (guess who bought a 5 speed just before this all happened!). It was all good, or reasonably functional facsimile.
And then one day I woke up and realized I was seeing in black and white. I freaked. I had had almost perfect vision only a few months before. And to someone who loves creating art it was damned scary! Eventually my colour vision came back but I still have days when the colours wash out during the day and days when it is all black and white. And my usually excellent night vision is going. So now I wear two pairs of glasses - distance and close up - because bifocals (I have a pair) have the lens too close together to work for me.
So this is my digital.twilight - still seeing the art inside and trying to express it the best way I can for as long as I can. If the colours seem a bit off sometimes on my art - my apologies.
Maybe tomorrow will be a better colour day…