I first started exploring my halftone style in the spring of 2005. At that time all of my work was done entirely with ink on paper and I did not use the computer at all even to plan the images. Eventually the desire for more complex patterns led me to develop a digital process and program my own halftone software, but I have always kept doing "analog" or non-digital artworks. There is a certain freedom in only needing to be able to make white and black marks, which can be done in just about any medium, and I also love working with my hands and getting dirty. Many of my biggest breakthroughs on the computer came from implementing things I figured out first by hand, although sometimes it worked the other way around. Also, keeping my drawing skills sharp allows me to confidently paint on and improve the results from my halftone program. If I can draw in halftones, then I can think in halftones. My aim is always to become increasingly comfortable with the style, so that my subconscious can come through unimpeded by me having to think about what I'm doing. Once I figured out how to stack arbitrary colors to create full color halftones it opened up even more doors for expression. This page features halftones that I have either painted or drawn freehand, ranging from quick sketches I drew on the bus to longer studies on canvas. Some of these halftones began with carefully sketching an outline of the subject, while others are improvised on the spot. Some are even done in a calligraphic manner. Below is my collection of my favorites through the years.
I also paint halftone murals using the same freehand techniques, click here to see them.