from The Wandering Crayon
I design artsy tote bags based on my original art. Some are based on photographic art. Usually, I adapt these by first simplifying them into dark silhouettes on a light background and then applying various color combinations.
When I develop a photograph into photo art, my goal is to bring out the best in it. Sometimes, I decide to reduce the original to a silhouette right away. In that case, all I have to do is decide on colors that complement it. (The four-digit code stands for the particular pair of colors used in the design variant. Several other colors pairs are available, and, of course, many others are possible.)
As part of my sanity routine during the pandemic lockdown, I drew faces with crayons each evening before lights out. I filled hundreds of pages with faces and, eventually, got pretty good at it. So, I’ve used some of the best on tote bags (and also on mugs). Later, I may try putting these on pillows or T-shirts. (Let me know, please, if this is something you’d like to see.)
I’ve also dabbled in some digital painting. Mostly I put these on posters, but the quirky ones make fun tote bags. This one combines digital painting with some crayon sketches that I did during the pandemic.
Some of my photo art is quite abstract–especially a series called “Sublimation,” where invert and “rotate” the colors and play with the contrast (black point, gamma, and white point). The originals are often mundane or even ugly. and I transform them into something completely different. These make delightfully unique totes (if you like this sort of think, of course).
Currently, I’m only selling medium tote bags (2.6g) , but will do large tote bags (4.4g), if there’s a demand. (Let me know, please.)
David Alan Webb
“The Wandering Crayon”