Sunday, August 30, 2009

What I'm working on:

The seal of Martin Luther for a new friend. To be used for a very fun game that I have never played. Think treasure hunting?
A bonus gift for said new friend. Yet unfinished... Exposed stitching. I think it's Japanese?
He likes farms, so I made one.
He also likes bright colors, and, as I've decided, multicolored tucans.

Assorted Doodles

I left my prep sketch for this at my Grandpa's house right next to his easy chair. Now, Grandpa is sometimes a little forgetful (he has medication and illness related dementia), so when he saw it again recently he said to my grandma: "Who drew this? This is very good!" and she answered that it was my drawing. "Ooooh she is so good! She's getting to be really excellent. In fact, this is *almost* better than what I can do (he is an oldschool arcitecht and an artist)." Repeat this about 5 times every hour, and Grandma begins to get a little sick of hearing how awesome I am. She called to tell me this, and I felt sorry that I wasn't there. Who wouldn't love some (hyper) frequent praise? Anyway, I thought it was very sweet of her to say so, and I felt very honored to be so well liked by my very critical grandfather.

This gem is inspired by a friend of mine who loves to bike. It was drawn just this last weekend! 8/22/2009 -- It is my first serious drawing in a long time, but only took a few hours. See if you can identify the foliage. I used source photos and everything. It was a lot of fun.

A random doodle from my notebook that I cary about everywhere.
A doodle for the gnome print I did a long time ago (you can see an example in one of my very first posts). The doodle is better than the print, by far.
I forgot to lighten this up in photoshop, but oh well. Here is an example of a very well done drawing of a volcano. I love implied texture, and have a thing for indian miniatures, persian paintings, and anything with teeny tiny detail -- so that was my inspiration, I am always doing these things on my notebook just to practice patterns and textures. :) I especially love the volcano smoke.

Moooore Fibers!

So I took this class in "Fibers" -- basically a part paper making class, part surface design class. (My sister is listening to the hamster dance song on her cell phone as I write this, FYI) Here are some experiments and final projects. Enjoy:

If you dip fabric in soda (like the chemical) and you smash flowers on it, and then you iron it, it stays permanent and dyes the fabric like this! Lots of smahing.
I did some really lame pulp painting (I just did NOT get the pigment to fiber to water mixture right, and ended up with very translucent pulp. This piece came out the best in terms of color (browns, beiges, and blues). I then painted over it with textured medium and acryllics, did some papercutting, ink drawings, paper transfers, and modgepodged different elements all about. There's even some ink dyed cloth! Joy!

Marigold paper close-up
Marigold paper in the sun. How lovely.
Oooh now THIS is pure joy. I made this paper by tearing up all the dead lilly leaves in my garden. I proceded to dry them for a few weeks, cook them for a day, rinse them, blend them, and syphon them out to what you see here-- sheets of fine paper. It is slightly brittle, but not terrible. It would be very nice if mixed with cotton pulp.

Fibers class - Books

The first one is a miniature book -- my first attempt at doing a sewn binding AND a pop-up element. Kinda lame, but fun. I also got it dirty. Eep. Nothing inside yet (maybe not ever)

This one (below) is an accordion fold book- one of the rare instances where I accurately measured everything. It is going to be about the changing of the seasons, I hope to illustrate some snow covered foliage and such within it's pages. The cool thing about these books is that they fold out, almost like a scroll or a mural. Dual functionality -- part book, part installation illustration! I especially liked the paper I used. Cereal boxes covered in printed blue paper, with a medium weight cotton paper on the inside. :)

Day of the Dead

This is a wonderful little rinky-dink book made from scratch by ME. I do a very poor job of trimming things exactly, and as you will see by the photos I post, I am... shall we say... much more organic and spontaneous with my materials? This is NOT a good thing in the art world, hence why I call this rinky-dink. It is and was an experiment, and a poorly documented idea, but beautiful all the same. The pages are out of order (actually, totally backwards). The paper is hand-made from cotton pulp and marigold pettals. Ink is india, drawn by quill pen. Hand sewn.

Old and New Doodles

This is what I do when I get bored, or need to practice:

Eclipse - Post-it note and crayola marker
Mountains - Ball point pen and homework criteria handout
Barn study - Envelope and Acryllic
Farm animal doodles for babies - fine tip marker & moleskin
Altered photo - fishies. Acryllic on printer paper.

Old(ish) Drawings

So, despite taking a drawing class early on in my artschool career, it hasn't really been a medium I've explored much except for within the last few years. These are all relatively new, within the two year mark I'd say instead of the four or five year mark like most of those paintings and prints. These are my "old" drawings, as I have since created many new (which I shall get around to documenting and posting soon... hopefully).

"Octopus" - Archival inking markers of various sizes. Later rendered digitally?
"Floating field" -- India ink and quill pen.
"Tree" - Indian Ink and quill pen.
A wonderful comission from two little boys I was nannying a summer or so ago. "General Grievous" - Pencil.
A collaboration with artist Allison May. "Spooky Mountains" - A throwaway print scrap illustrated with black finepoint sharpie. I drew the sleeping yeti.

Old Paintings

Here are some terribly poorly documented paintings, some better than others.

"Cherry Tree" acryllic study of a stained glass window
"Electric Wildflowers" - Acryllic on Cardboard
"Prayer Painting" -- Acryllic on canvas paper
"The Toad King" - Acryllic on oak panel, lots of textured medium.
A very poor photograph of "Racoon" -- acryllic on pine panel.
Another poor photograph and zoom on "Weezy" - Acryllic on pine panel.

Old prints

Having a single space on the web dedicated JUST to my artwork is a rather daunting project -- hence why I have not really taken the time to fill this blog with my work. But alas! I must. SO I will start with some Intaglio prints that I've done over the last few years. I love them dearly, and wish I had the space and fortune to afford a printmaking studio. (I hear something on the wind about a co-op studio opening in Milwaukee!)

Monoprint entitled "Waterfall" - Sepia ink.
Small run print (1/5?) - "Raptor egg" - Black ink.
Monoprint - "Water" - Sepia ink
Small run, 1/8 - "Holy Hill" - Sepia ink.
Small run 6/6 - Intaglio etching, aquatint. "Evil Gnome" - Blank ink.
Small run 4/7 - "Fire" - Sepia ink on thai mango (?) paper.
Small run of 6? "Farm" - Sepia ink.

Run of 8, "The Elements" - Sepia ink.

This print is entitled "air." Etching. Sepia toned ink.