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Digital VR art: a full 360-degree panorama made in ink and watercolour © Lufo Art, 2017

The creative process behind Elizabete Balčus’ drawing

The creative process for Elizabete Balčus’ drawing started in October 2017, after an invitation by Giovanni Di Rosa (a student in my drawing class at the University of Salerno) to join him for live drawing sessions at the Godot Art Bistrot of Avellino, Italy.  During those days, I attended a total of four concerts and drew while artists like Mary Ocher, Campos Band, Raoul Vignal and Elizabete Balčus performed on stage. Elizabete, a psychedelic sound artist from Latvia, uses fruits and vegetables in her compositions, creating unique, pumping, alive, and extraterrestrial sounds. The creative process behind Elizabete Balčus’ drawing Elizabete Balčus and the creative process Fruits and vegetables, alive Elizabete Balčus is an amazing performer, composer, musician and a psychedelic sound artist who has the particularity of using fruits and vegetables for her compositions.  Elizabete’s uniqueness certainly influenced my creative process: the – fruit / cable / synthesiser / mixer / amplifier / speaker /air / ear / brain – connection that she established during her presentation, gave me the beautiful experience of perceiving the life inside every piece of food. I found this fascinating, as every fruit and vegetable will generate a different sound every time… Plus you will never get the same lemons in Berlin than in Amalfi! I drew during Elizabete’s performance using a 360 drawing structure – in particular, an equirectangular perspective – for then generating a virtual environment out of it. I chose this format motorised by the enthusiasm of discovering 360 drawings, in 2017 I was at the beginning of my research and intuitive explorations about these kind of drawings. In fact, I started my first PhD in immersive drawing only a week after this session (here is my thesis if you want to check it out), and I only wanted to go deeper and deeper on this kind of hybrid – analogical / digital – artwork.   I captured the fruit / Elizabete / music connection playing with plasticity, fluidity, shapes, connecting points, and colours. Within the virtual environment one can follow those links and move along the different elements. This is also a representation of Elizabete’s music, as her compositions have elements and passages joint within different songs, like in a symphony with different acts. Is it Sabina’s bowler hat or…? And then of course there is also the hat. “Is it Sabina’s bowler hat or…?”, I wrote in Spanish. This sentence has different connotations: on the one hand, it refers to the singer Joaquín Sabina, who likes to wear a bowler hat. That night, for some reason, there was a bowler hat in the stage of the Godot Art Bistrot that called my attention. However, this sentence also refers to Sabina (Sabine in English), the character from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. In Kundera’s book, Sabine receives Thomas dressed with nothing but the bowler hat. Sabine and Thomas convert that unusual object that belonged to Sabina’s grandfather into a nonsense icon of their sexual games of provocation and sensuality. They make love in Sabina’s bed, which is alone “as a stage” in the middle of the room. And there she was, Elizabete with her sensuality and her exotic hat in the stage… Tragame tierra (Swallow me earth) In my drawings, I like to represent not only what I hear, but also what I feel while I’m doing it. In that regard, the ground below Elizabete’s drawing is opening, creating a black hole where I want to fall and hide: I beg the earth to eat me, to make me disappear. With this, I appeal to the “Tragame tierra / La tierra se abre / Bajo mis pies” (Swallow me earth / The earth opens up / Beneath my feet), sung by Gustavo Cerati in Bomba de Tiempo to materialise the sensation when I have to break the limits and speak to someone that I desire. Because yes, that was the sensation that I had that night of October 2017 when I had to gather my courage to speak to a woman that caught my eye… (and no, it didn’t work out). The VR dimension Elizabete’s artwork has a special distortion that allows me to create a 360º virtual environment. Take a look (click and drag to navigate around): If you want to learn more about VR drawings, I recommend you to read this article and check on my academic research, where you will find several state-of-the-art resources for learning about spherical perspectives. Making a 360º video The drawing was also used as the base for a 360º video, shared and available on YouTube. Of course, my inexperience editing videos pops very much out, yet for me was an amazing experience for mixing cubical perspective, equirectangular perspectives, visual effects, and Elizabete’s music.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks7pOHH_65o Although naïve, the video is a nice way for showing another possible application of immersive drawings. Closing The series of drawings made at the Godot Art Bistrot, like Elizabete: Hat, Fruit or Flute, have been used for creating the above-mentioned 360 VR video, but also for the exhibition “I’m Watching You/Me” and within my research in digital media art, showing some of many creative applications that these compositions can have. The creative process behind Elizabete Balčus’ artwork shows how I fluctuated between instant personal impressions, the technical precision necessary for creating equirectangular panoramas, and the mixing of the two components with virtual reality.  For you to understand easily the complexity of the composition, I ask you to pay attention to the flat image of the artwork, then go to the VR view and look carefully at the upper part. Can you see Elizabete’s green eye? Wonderful, now go back to the flat drawing and try to find it… That. That is the key point for understanding an equirectangular panorama. You will never find it unless you change your mind: in the flat drawing the green eye is just a horizontal line…

Artwork "Who Wants to Kiss" by Lufo Art

Who Wants to Kiss… full time-lapse video (192)

Do you remember my first post mentioning when I recorded the video of (Who Wants to Kiss)? Well, today I’m going to show you the result of the session 👀 09/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Who Wants to Kiss “Who wants to kiss… (searches for the mouth)” is an artwork with which I broke a couple of regular practices from my comfort zone. For example, I normally draw in a couple of sessions using pencil. Then, I draw on top of that outline with ink, this normally is a very quick stage. After that, sometimes I add more details and hatchings to give the drawing more depth and texture. Finally, I paint, generally in two sessions of watercolours: first giving the colour, and then the shadows. That is how I did for A Wizard Without a Shadow or Mitte. Instead, today’s artwork was a huge challenge because I did all of that process in one day. Actually, in just 6 hours. Questions Could I have done it in more hours? Yes. Was it stressful to do it in such a short time? Not at all! My point is the following: I do not do things because I feel that I must do them for someone else. Seen from that perspective, I didn’t have the obligation of finishing the drawing. I simply chose to do it. You might also ask my dear reader, how did you know that you were going to finish it in such a short time? I didn’t. I simply did what I felt in that time frame, the result was going to be good in either case because it was just an experimentation. It is also a nice exercise for your mind: one wants to add more details here and there, put some more textures to gain more depth. But I stopped myself and said: this is it. This is what we have got and that is how it should be. A nice collaboration Another practice I regularly do is to edit my own videos. However, this time that task was in hands of a lovely friend. She edited the video with mastery, synchronising the music with the evolvement of the drawing quite perfectly. Thanks Koromoto Music and Carolina Lares Jaffe! The video They say one image says more than thousand words, so I’ll stop writing and I’ll leave you with the video of Who Wants To Kiss. I hope you’ll enjoy it and don’t forget to like, comment and suscribe for supporting my work 🥰 But tell me dear reader… What do you think of Who Wants to Kiss?Do you often leave your comfort zone? Good evening 🎥🖼️

Mitte (III) Last session

Mitte III . Last session (173)

22/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Today I finished Mitte, another work of the Escher-like collection I’m doing, the 1st one using two vanishing points, and the 1st one dedicated to a Berlin neighbourhood. Here are the previous sessions: I confess that I am very satisfied with the result. As you can see, the work has changed radically with respect to the first colouring session. Now, instead of having a carnival of colours in the background, it has become more uniform and with fewer tones. I mean, the drawing is still very colourful but with many unified spots, which gives a clearer vision of the geometry. Today’s creative meeting was at the lovely Coffee Pony in Schöneberg. N., M. and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon, and got a wonderful table near the window (thanks guys!). Tomorrow I’ll try to scan the drawing although I probably won’t get to print it before the markets BECAUSE… … because there is a wonderful surprise for you all 👀…. What would it be, what would it be Lufo, tell us about it! Well, I can only say…. But tell me dear reader… What do you think of the new Mitte artwork?What do you think my surprise might be about? Good evening ☕️🥮 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Drying watercolour stains

Drying watercolour stains (172)

20/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Yesterday after editing the video of Mitte I went to a bar for a bite to eat.. While I was waiting for the food to arrive I started to observe the people around me. This is something I like to do also in the underground, just watching people looking at their phones, totally lost and abstracted from this world. Sometimes I even play in my head what they would be doing: whether they would be talking to someone (in that case I also include some imaginary dialogues), watching some video, or just feeling their dopamine levels rising by scrolling up and down an endless “wall”. Sometimes I’m a bit terrified of becoming an automaton, an empty human, so I try to connect with physical reality and let digital habits not take up all my time. So yesterday I tried this game: I made some random stains with watercolours and watched them drip away and dry. You might think: that’s boring as hell. Well, I’m not going to say it’s like an action movie. However, as I was focusing on the spots I entered a meditative state and started to perceive things happening around me without looking at them: conversations, movements, people stopping and looking at my painting too… But tell me dear reader… Would you be able to see watercolour stains drying instead of Netflix?Have you seen the beautiful shades of colours blending and drying? Good evening 👀🎨 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Mitte session II . Video (171)

20/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Yesterday I promised to upload the time lapse video of the 2nd session of #Mitte. So here I am, keeping my word. Today was a very calm but productive day. It started with a beautiful rain, the kind that rains like vertical waterfalls with big drops almost noiselessly. The morning had been very humid, so the rain plus a little wind helped a lot to make the atmosphere fresher. I took advantage of that atmosphere to write a few paragraphs for an article I am preparing, while sipping my morning coffee and watching the green of the park in front of me. When I left the house it stopped raining, and when I came out of the subway, half an hour later, the humidity had risen again to 50000% 🫠. I spent the afternoon at a place I’ll call G. for now (you may hear more often about this place soon 👀). Initially, I had hoped to finish Mitte today, but when I arrived at this place the table I planned to use was occupied. So I gave up on my initial plan, kept writing some more paragraphs and then edited the video… But tell me dear reader… Do you like the picture in this video better, with the drawing more stable?Or do you prefer the drawing to rotate more often, to make the video more dynamic? Good night 🐿️💧 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Mitte session II 01

Mitte session II (170)

19/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 After doing the structure of Mitte a couple of days ago, today I did the first watercolour session. You will say: wait a minute, where is the time lapse video? Well, I have the recordings but I’m too tired to edit it today. You may wonder why I feel this way… I can tell you that my morning started late (very late!) and then I had a totally unexpected meeting that could give a new future to Lufo Art. So, I could start painting just after that meeting, more exactly at 14:30. I spent lovely 5 hours in Weinerei Forum, near Rosenthaler Platz, a place I got to know thanks to T. a couple of months ago. During the whole session, I had the wonderful company of N.: we ate, drank coffee and talked about life. On my way home something super nice happened: I was in the U-bahn and I took my drawing out of the folder to look at the results again. Then, a random person spoke to me to say nice things about my art…. You can’t imagine how good does that feel! Tomorrow I will edit the video and I will share it with you all… But tell me dear reader… What do you think about the result?How was your Monday? Good evening 🚈🛸 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

More Berlin TV Towers (alt 17)

More Berlin TV Towers (169)

18/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Good evening my dear reader! Today I share with you more alternative versions of Tuned in Berlin. Here and here you can find some of the previous variations. Let me make a suggestion: if you ever draw Berlin’s TV Tower and find yourself selling drawings in the Mauerpark, I strongly recommend you to do this kind of variations to increase your sells… Ah! You don’t paint? Awesome, then you can buy them from me 🤪😂 Talking seriously, these alternative versions are a hit. I’m above number 20 in the series: they’re selling pretty well since I started with them a couple of weeks ago. And even more since I implemented the Towers of Mordor https://lenster.xyz/posts/0xd3a4-0x064b Just today I sold four of them. And during the market I’ve also painted four new versions, so I can say that I’ve sold what I’ve painted… It took me less than an hour to paint all four (selling in between). But of course, this is the tip of the iceberg, how many things did I do before to get the original? How many things did I need to learn and try before I knew this formula would work? But tell me dear reader… Knowing that there are more than 20 versions out there…Would you still consider them exclusive and buy one from me? Good evening ✈️🎡 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Mitte – I (166)

15/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Whoever has followed my work during the last months and has some knowledge of perspective, will have noticed that I have gone through different systems of representation while playing with Escher-like effects. It all started when I tried to bring these paradoxes into a 360° drawing called Paradoxes. The attempt was put on hold due to an ambiguity that I noticed and tried to understand theoretically right after. Because of this problem, I went back to the starting point: parallel perspectives. I did some explorations using 30º/60º and 45º parallel perspectives: However, the problem I encountered lies in the use of conical perspectives. So, after familiarising myself with certain things about parallel perspectives I wanted to give them a try. In fact, in Impossible Things I used a conical perspective with one vanishing point. Today it was the turn of a conical perspective with two vanishing points. I chose this topic for today’s creative meeting in our beloved FREA Bakery… a wonderful meeting by the way! With the lovely company of Cintia, Nacho, Tineke, and a new member: Max, a very talented draughtsman from Italy. But tell me dear reader… What do you think of these explorations?Did you like the camera set-up? Good evening 🪜🪆 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Impossible Things Alt 01 (I)

Impossible Things Alt 01 – I (158)

07/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Today I did another photogrammetry [link to 146] for getting the clean structure of the drawing #ImpossibleThings. After finishing the work I was thinking in which size should I print it for the weekend and in the meantime I got an idea: During more than 6 months Criptolandia community has been giving me lots of valuable information and support about the crypto world: quality twitter threads, YouTube videos, drops alerts… and not just that, but also a wonderful company as community 🥰🫶🏻 So here is the thing: during the next weekend I’ll meet in real life two of the founders of this community, @Juanpi and @PIcciano. I thought that this occasion would be wonderful for giving back something to them: a #phygital alternative version of Impossible Things. We don’t know the details of the drop yet (we are working on it!) but there is something sure: I need to have the artwork ready. I decided to try something “new” and to colour the “just baked” structure using digital painting. Disclaimer: do not reproach me dear reader for my way of doing digital colour with vectors. I accept I’m not the most productive guy with this (I used to do the same process with Corel Draw when I was 12, it sees I haven’t learnt anything at all…). But tell me dear reader… Once finished, which tonality of colours would you use?Any tip or lessons for using Illustrator better? 🤓 Good evening 🌚 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻

A Wizard Without a Shadow full recap

A Wizard Without A Shadow (Full Recap) (157)

06/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Today I edited the complete time lapse video of A Wizard Without A Shadow. I wanted to see and share with you all the whole process. It has been a pleasure to go through it. Thanks to this, I relive how the creative meetings started, first alone, then also with good company. These creative breakfasts help me to cure that nostalgia we all have when we say: “oh, I would love to have more time for (insert your favourite thing here)”. I don’t want to reach 70 and just then say “I can draw now”. In reality… who can guarantee that I will be able to do it at that age? Our life is a set of daily habits. If we don’t have time to do something we like, to meet the people we love, to travel where we want, it’s because we make all sorts of excuses to do it: “maybe next year”, “Sure! Tomorrow I’ll start”, “One day, but not today”, “When children grow up”. However, this is not a call to the folly of dropping everything and hitting the road with a backpack with no rhyme or reason. Without a real purpose to take ownership of our lives that won’t work either. Instead, I’m talking about being aware of the small details of our daily lives, the awareness that one day for ourselves doesn’t hurt anyone. I’m saying that people who really love you will support you in finding more time instead of making your life more busy and complicated. But tell me dear reader… How many days do you dedicate to yourself?What do you think of Diego’s song, isn’t it beautiful? Good evening 🌚 Recap Un Mago Sin Una Sombra © Lufo Art, 2023 Posts + Stories Videos NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻