In this continuing feature here on iPhoneogenic we take a look a new series of images in progress by a past featured artist, Mel Harrison. Melancholy is a dark but whimsical collective set of images that speaks volumes. Created by Mel’s inner moments the character in the Melancholy series not only provides stunning visual creativity, but also words of wisdom in the captions. This is a very special collection Mel is producing and we look forward to a future book with images used as illustrations.
Mel Harrison – Melancholy:
Edi invited me to introduce you to Melancholy, the latest muse in the Mahogany Turtle menagerie. Melancholy appeared to me out of the shadows of an image I was working on, she peeked around the corner of the open door. She was in the dark, hidden but I spotted her and I brought her out into the light.
So who is Melancholy? She is a sensitive lass. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. Perhaps she is trying to find herself, working out where she belongs in this world so strange.
Is she me? Not directly, I certainly feel a connection to her though. There has been a fair share of darkness in my life, thankfully those days are far behind me and I use the strength gained in those times as positive force. It is these moments that Melancholy expresses so well. At first glance she does seem very sad, but I think she has some inspirational messages she is wanting to share with you all.
I am loving exploring the art side of my iDevices, both my iPhone and my iPad are being used to create Melancholy’s world. I am using a stylus, I am finding the accuracy is much better then my fingers and the fatigue issues with my hand are not as pronounced with stylus use. I am using a combination of photographs, and illustration to create each scene. The apps I am using vary with each image but the base apps that are uniform across the series are; PaintFX, Pixlromatic, ScratchCam, Juxtaposer, Image Blender and a lot of them have some aspect of my new favourite app, Glaze.
Where to for Melancholy? I would love to write a book featuring her in illustrations. So that will be my focus for her.
Thank you for letting me share Melancholy with your readers Edi, I do so hope they enjoy her journey.