Tuesday, November 8, 2011



I've run out of illustrations and design work from the past to post and am going to combine my blogs into one which will feature my contemporary projects such as paintings, various design projects as well as my computer experiments. If I run across any more work from years past, I will post them. No more posts on this blog, go to harryborgmanart.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 20, 2011

More digital experiments

The computer is a fabulous medium for artists that love to experiment with color and design. The possibilities are endless and it's great fun to try out wild and crazy ideas.

Redhead at Rest
Redhead At Rest
A color digital image that I may use as a sketch for one of my new painting series.

It's quite interesting to incorporate photos in digital experiments.

Small Talk
I enjoy experimenting with various typefaces, using color and design.

Alphabet 2

Alphabet 3 A

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Digital figure studies

More of my color and design digital figure studies. These are very interesting to create and the computer is the best medium for doing these kinds of experiments.

Seated Nude 2

Sleeping Nude

Seated Nude 3

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New digital figure studies

I've started a new series of color and design experiments which are created on the computer. Here are three new abstract figure studies which may eventually develop into acrylic paintings on canvas.

Lady on the beach

Black nude

Seated nude

I find that the computer is the perfect medium for doing these kinds of color and design studies.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New digital images

I love to experiment with color and design on the computer. These are a couple of pieces created last night and this morning. I'm thinking about doing a whole series of these abstractions for a gallery exhibition. These are actually collages as I use pieces of previous digital images that I have done.

NEWImage 1


The images are 11 x 17" and will be limited edition prints on archival paper using pigmented inks.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Digital figure studies

I experiment a great deal on the computer, creating abstract color designs and various types of figure studies. Here are a few examples of my figure studies which can be used as preliminary sketches for acrylic paintings or printed on archival paper as limited edition prints.



3Women 3

2Women.psd copy

The computer is a terrific medium for experimenting with color and design. You can easily do several versions of the same study for evaluation, something that would take a great deal of time with traditional painting mediums.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Working on new logo design

I frequently send out promotional brochures and am always in the process of altering my logo. Here are a couple of recent examples of new ideas for the logo. Just having fun with the computer, as always.


BorgmanKOGO 2

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Color and design on the computer

The computer is a fabulous medium for creating color and design experiments. No paper, paint pencils or brushes, just your own imagination. For students this is a great way to immerse yourself into the design world, just dive right in and start creating. It's great practice and also will help develop your computer skills.




Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gallery event this weekend

The Craig Smith Galley in Union Pier is hosting an Artist's Open House as part of the annual Moonlight Madness special event. If you are in the area, drop by.

MoonlightMadness 2
I used an old ink line drawing from a Dracula book that I illustrated for this poster, coloring it and adding the type on the computer

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Digital sketches for new acrylic paintings

For the last few months I have been working on a new series of abstract nudes based on color sketches done on the computer. Here are some of my latest images that will be used as a basis for more paintings.








Monday, July 4, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Old ads from the 1930's

I love some of these old ads that used to run in various magazines when I was a kid. Once in a while I'll rewrite the copy in the balloons and send the ads to friends.

poor Fido

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Color variations on a composition

Taking an existing painting or illustration and trying different color variations can be a very interesting project and is a good way to hone your computer skills. Just let your imagination run wild and see what happens.

Above is one of 36 black and white illustrations that I did for Ben Leibson's book, "Drifting Sands". It was created on a Mac 4 computer. Many interesting variations can be created of an image like this easily in photoshop, it's interesting as well as a great learning experience.

Vari 2

Vari 6



Here's another black and white version, I could have gone on and done dozens of these, the computer makes this type of experimentation comparatively easy.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Having fun with a digital image

Don't be afraid to experiment, the computer is a wonderful medium for altering images and changing colors. Here is an image consisting of two figure studies which I will use as an example of how I typically experiment with color and design.

Here is the basic image that I started with.

First I just added a yellow color.

Next I made a 50% copy of the original and positioned it over the larger image and added tone of orange.

Here I placed a 75% image over a negative image and added a few more colors.

In this version I tried a whole new color scheme.

In this last version I added a dark brown and a light purple color tones, again changing the whole look of the piece. I could keep going on, of course, as it's quite easy to do this type of thing on the computer, something that would take days or even weeks to create using traditional mediums such as acrylic or oil paint.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New exhibition

"Medical Marijuana" is a new group exhibit at the Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center in Sawyer. Michigan. The three digital prints below are my entrees. I found some old engravings that I used to create these images. They were scanned into the computer where I added the color and type.


Marijuana751 copy

These images were a lot of fun to create as always.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Photo into abstract design

As you probably know, I love to experiment with design and color, and the computer is the perfect medium for creative endeavors.

I posted a few photographs of shoes on my other blog and I will use this one for my demonstration.

I first decided to add a few orange areas to the composition.

Then I added the dark yellow and blue colors. I decided to add a white circle and the oval in the blue. I also made the shoe areas a solid black and changed the shape of the top of the right shoe.

I didn't like the spoon type shape in the blue, so I changed that. I added a purple color to the design as well as another circle shape. Then a couple of colors on the lower and right borders, finishing the design. I didn't really have anything specific in mind when I began, I just used the basic shapes of the shoes as my starting point.