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SEPIA


Sepia was originally made of octopus or squid ink, but the term has broadened to mean any art not in color or grayscale, but "tanscale."

Many of the following sepiatones were done in the late 1980s when digital paintings (to save memory) often had palettes of no more than 8 or 16 colors. Sepia seemed warmer than grayscale, and softer than the rather jarring look of "full-color" images made with such a narrow palette.

The most elaborate example of the technique is I GOT OUT, a nine-page comic in which each page has only eight colors: black, white, and five in-between browns, different on each page, sometimes greenish, reddish, even bluish; and the eighth tone is a bright spot-color, usually complementing that page's sepia range: warm if other tones are cool, cool if they're warm.

Sepia isn't realistic, but it's warm. That's why I like it, for drawing dreams.

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ARMLESS: by Wayan; 1997 portrait of dream figures (pencil/digital)
A strange, horny, frustrated being, part human part horse, who lacks hands to hold the centaurs...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND SEXUAL TENSION
BABY HITLER'S DOG; 2012/2/7 by Wayan; a grotesque time-travel dream (of health advice?)
An old actor tells me "I met Hitler when we were both babies. I knew what was coming and I wanted to kill him, but...
THE BLAMMOR: by Wayan; 1984/4/20, 4 linked private-eye dreams.
I'm a Fast-Food Detective tracking a kidnapper-sorceress. Castles, monsters, magic carpets... and unexpected love.
CAUTION: SEX
BOX: by Wayan; 1991? Digital self-portrait as dreamer trapped on the Web.
So exactly how is posting all these dreams different from crawling naked inside your screen?.
CAUTION: NUDITY
CLOCKMAN HEDGEHOG: by Wayan; 1992; painting of a sex fantasy who rejects me!
I was a man made of clocks trying to get a date with a hedgehog-hair woman...
CAUTION: ANOTHER HORNY GUY WHO DOESN'T GET FAR
I GOT OUT: by Wayan; 1992/1/4, a psychic dream; 9-page comic, 500K.
I flee our love triangle when Abe turns mean. He's telepathic, but I have a plan: the goldfish, the snakepit, the caves...
CAUTION: THREESOME, SNAKES, MOTORCYCLE FATALITY
KISS THE GLASS: by Wayan; 1979/9/23, a dream on priorities.
My parents' house is now a sex club. I walk in, and meet my soulmate! But in awkward circumstances...
CAUTION: SEX
LION-GIRL TRIANGLE: by Wayan; 2000/12/11, an uncomfortable sex-dilemma dream, possibly predictive
I'm a betrothed teenager having to choose between mates, in an alternate Africa where lions are people--and occasionally adopt humans...
CAUTION: NUDITY
OWLOVERS: by Wayan; 1992, digital painting of vivid daydream.
This image bewilders me; my dreams mix sex with warmth, grief, even silliness, but what is THIS telling me?
CAUTION: WEIRD ORGY
PHILOSOPHER: by Wayan; 1992. Nondream digital picture-poem.
I worked at Stanford too long. I got tired of observing the mating displays of the purple-prose patriarch..
CAUTION: NUDE ACADEMIC GROUPIE
SAVANNAD: by Wayan; 1998; digital portrait of recurring dream figure.
A sexy meadow-spirit of my California drygrass hills...
CAUTION: NUDITY
SPHINX POINTING THE WAY: by Wayan; 1994. Digital portrait of a dream figure.
Tehura was a beautiful sphinx exploring our human world; she led me to a new way of seeing us...
CAUTION: SPHINX BREASTS
STRETCH NOW!: by Wayan; 1993? Daydream image with an agenda
Do it now! I'm doing it. I'm getting up from the keyboard and stretching. I am a cheetah...
TRIO IN SEPIA: by Wayan; 1992. Digital anti-fantasy.
Everyone squishing away contentedly but me... watching curled up in the corner as usual...
CAUTION: EXPLICIT SEX, BESTIALITY
TUTUCHMAN: by Wayan; 1995? Odd little digital fantasy
I read Barbara Tuchman's history of the American Revolution and had to paint this portrait of George...
CAUTION: TRANSVESTITE PRESIDENTIAL ICONOGRAPHY


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