Sepia was originally made of octopus or squid ink, but the term has broadened to mean any art not in color or grayscale, but "tanscale."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
|THE ARMS POLICY: by Wayan; 2000/4/7, a nightmare.
The government has a harsh policy on armed dissidents. Not the kind of arms you think...
|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 so I wanted to kill him, but then I'd BE him..."
|THE BLAMMOR: by Wayan; 1984/4/20, 4 linked private-eye dreams.
I'm a Fast-Food Detective tracking down a kidnapper-sorceress.
I find castles, monsters, magic carpets... and unexpected love.
|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?.
|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
|THE EX-GODDESS: by Wayan, 2010/11/9, a dream-poem on a god in hiding--in plain sight!
I meet a forgotten goddess--outlived all her cults. Today she passes as a psychic, reads a crystalball...
CAUTION: NUDE CHALK SKETCH
|HALF-COCKED: by Larry Vigon; 2004/1/4; an alarming dream
I'm in the army, in line for a prostitute. An earlier dream cut my cock in two. It heals, but my stodgy technique
bores my assigned girl; and the cops break the legs of girls who try to leave. A riot begins--can I even escape?
CAUTION: STARTS SORDID, ENDS BRUTAL
|HER STINGY DAD: by Wayan; 1998/7/29, a dreamtale on parental ambition-stunting
A single dad loves his daughter, but is so pathologically cheap he's teaching her an unintended lesson...
CAUTION: CHILD NEGLECT
|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 my escape all planned: 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...
|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 another tribe of people--and occasionally adopt humans...
|OWLOVERS: by Wayan; 1992, digital painting of vivid daydream.
My dreams mix sex with warmth, grief, even silliness, but what's with the owls? Bewildering...
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...
|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? Sudden undream 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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