Inkstop is a print I produced in 2006. It began as a screengrab from a realtime graphics programming session I conducted along with Jonathan Barnes. The screengrab was taken from a Quartz Composer composition designed to roughly simulate ink in water. The technique uses spheres moving in a 3d environment which are rendered to a texture and then processed using a filter graph consisting mainly of amortized blurs and contrast filters producing the metaball like effect.
I was interested in the screengrab itself as I found that it evoked a face, or more specifically a human skull. I later shaped the image using Photoshop’s liquify filter to enhance the reference with a nod to an untitled project I worked on with Niklaus Schlumpf which was itself shaped into a music video for the band Khanate.
The following image sequence illustrates the image sculpting process from the original screengrab to the final image.