Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I still have to scan / photograph all my sketchbooks from the semester as well as my recent pencil drawings out of classes...

But here's just more of that super analytical drawing. Let me know whatcha think...

Masamune Shirow Inspired

Title:  Masamune Shirow Inspired
Date: December 19, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes:  Continuing on with the planar analysis. This one is extremely contour heavy, but I think this is a good method to start using. It's basically like having a coloring book at this point because the shadows / highlights have literally shown themselves in their entirety. Thanks for the pose!

Monday, December 17, 2012

I've taken the weekend off... just maxxing and relaxing. Ahhh it was amazing!

I love just chillin' out and just drinking, watching movies, and all around having fun.

But, I must at least start to push into the working direction again.

Well, here's the first 'sketch' of the break so far...
Just trying to use what I learned from the semester and actually apply it to regular work.

Facial Plane Study

Title:  Facial Plane Study
Date: December 17, 2012
Medium: Photoshop

Notes:  This was an attempt to take things that I learned from this semester and start to apply it to all my outside work. I think this is turning out pretty well so far... I might keep going, I might start a new one. Who knows? Either way, I think this method works interestingly, plus I finally get to bring back my contour drawing. YAY!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Continuing on from the last post...

Drawing Composition Class!

Reduction from Reference

Title:  Reduction from Reference
Date: September 10, 2012
Medium: Collage, Conte, Charcoal
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  I worked from a representation master and reduced the painting to no more than four values. The tried to really emphasize the composition throught the design of the entire piece.

Reduction from Life

Title:  Reduction from Life
Date: September 17, 2012
Medium: Collage, Conte, Charcoal, Ink Wash, Acrylic
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  Using the same techniques as before, I needed to work from observation using a complex subject. In this case a still life. I made sure to emphasize the overall design of the objects and the finished result.

Compositional "Architecture"

Title:  Compositional "Architecture"
Date: September 24, 2012
Medium: Vine Charcoal, Chalk
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  While working from observation, I was to do a drawing using a single focal point. The point was to focus on one object and make the entire composition serve that single focal point.

"Building" Composition

Title:  "Building" Composition
Date: October 1, 2012
Medium: Vine Charcoal, White Chalk, White Acrylic
Scale: 22" x 30"

Notes:  This piece was entirely based on blocking in the composition using a push-and-pull method while working. I was to push the media around with the white and black meeting in the middle creating a huge variety of grays throughout the piece. This was also worked in from a still life during class.

Interior / Exterior Space

Title:  Interior / Exterior Space
Date: October 8, 2012
Medium: Ink Wash, Conte, White Chalk, Charcoal
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  The point of this piece was to focus on an interior looking out into an exterior. You had to make sure that the entire composition was based solely around this fact. The piece was to be a push into the outside.

Expanding Picture Plane

Title:  Expanding Picture Plane
Date: October 8, 2012
Medium: Charcoal
Scale: Each piece is 15" x 15"

Notes:  While working from a still life I was supposed to try and create three different pieces that were each a composition of there own. The point was to make each one use the rule of thirds and create a good focal point in each piece. Then I was to join them together to create one solid composition.

Extreme Viewpoint

Title:  Extreme Viewpoint
Date: October 15, 2012
Medium: Ink Wash, Conte, Charcoal
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  Working from observation I did a drawing which presented the subject from an extreme angle. In this case, that angle was a worm's eye view. 

Grid and Rule of Thirds

Title:  Grid and Rule of Thirds
Date: October 29, 2012
Medium: Ink Wash, Charcoal, White Acrylic, White Chalk
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  Working from observation, I used a landscape to make a grid-like armature that also implemented the rule of thirds.

Decorative Space

Title:  Decorative Space
Date: November 5, 2012
Medium: Oil Pastel
Scale: 30" x 22"

Notes:  Working from observation, I did a full color drawing that transformed the three-dimensional objects into flat surfaces. The point of this was to reference pop-art of the '60's to create a piece using those non-realistic and non-traditional color scheming. 

Grid Reproduction

Title:  Grid Reproduction
Date: November 12 - 19, 2012
Medium: Black Ink and Stick, White Acrylic
Scale: 22" x 30"

Notes:  Firstly, we had to create one mark (in my case it was that cross pattern) and then lay in highlights and low-lights according that that single mark. Secondly, we had to use a master (in this case William Whitaker) and try to reproduce it according to a grid. It is extremely difficult at times to FORCE a piece to work on a grid, but this was my finished result.

Applied Cezanne Study

Title:  Applied Cezanne Study
Date: December 3, 2012
Medium: Charcoal, Chalk, White Acrylic
Scale: 22" x 30"

Notes:  Working from observation, I was to create a piece that emphasized the light and shadow according to how Cezanne would have. Very loose gestural line-marks, large strokes, and paying close attention to the structure were of the greatest import during this piece. I am glad that my subject was so willing to sit there during the creation of this (Thank you madam!!!).

Repetition / Movement

Title:  Repetition / Movement
Date: December 10, 2012
Medium: White Chalk, White Acrylic, Vine Charcoal
Scale: 22" x 30"

Notes:  Using referenece, we were to simulate a movement in space. The image was to make it look like a sort-of 'ghosted' image throughout. We were meant to attempt to show movement throughout the piece. I think I bit off a bit more than I could chew, but I sure tried! (Reference image from: - Thanks!!)

Let's let this blog get real weird for a moment...

Sooooo, oh man! This semester was INSANE! I literally didn't think it was going to ever end. But thank god I'm finally on break. Now it's time to get all that schooling that I've been in, let it float to the top, through the sifter and try and apply it all to the artses that I make on the side during break.

The next few days will just be a gathering of my sketchbooks, paintings, drawings, etc. and just pretty much playing catch-up. I have sooo much to upload, and then it'll be time to create even MOAR!

I guess I should get to it...

Let's start with Idea, Process, and Critique (IPC class):

Consumption Junction

Title:  Consumption Junction
Date: October 18, 2012
Medium: Sculptural Form

Notes:  My sole purpose of this piece is to show, in a very literal sense, that the energy drinks that people consume are speeding up the process in which we expire. Much like batteries, the human body can only withstand so much energy intake before it overloads. The same can be said about energy drink consumption. It tends to wear on the body rather quickly.

This piece was actually created using an energy drink and ibuprofen. We were required to make something using one repeated form (in my case the pill form) and make it mean something.

Addiction Transformation

Title:  Addiction Transformation
Date: November - December 6, 2012
Medium: Photoshop
Scale: Original Scale Varies

Notes: I am exploring the thought that one can literally become addicted to anything. Is it possible? Can an addiction eventually become an obsession? In that same vein, can it even become a life-threatening compulsion? From my research it appears that anything can become addictive through sheer repetition.

The work presented here is my exploration into all these aspects at once. I initially started with a photograph, taken every twelve hours (one at 10:00AM, and then one at 10:00PM). This step was meticulous as it could impose upon anything that was being done at the time. After this simple data collection had ended, I gathered up all these images and began to paint them all, one-by-one. They started as small digital paintings (thus the first one being the smallest), and eventually became larger. This is to represent that an addiction always starts small, but develops into a full-blown, can’t live without, obsession.

Digital painting is another aspect that is prevalent throughout this piece. It is representing that ‘quick-fix’ that one can experience through some drugs. It literally has no dry time, and can be corrected extremely fast, so there is much less risk involved. Thus the person attempting this can get quick satisfaction from this type of media.

I am exploring the transformation both physically and psychologically that one experiences in the throes of addiction. Each image’s quality gets a bit more diminished with a crest at about image fifteen. The viewer is meant to see a visual connection between the image quality and the figure represented.

Through research, it shows that the minimum amount of days it takes to develop (and break) an addiction is actually only twenty-one (thirty for maximum impact). These two recurring numbers found their way into my piece. The number of paintings presented takes on this minimum, while the time spent on each painting takes on the latter number (thirty minutes each).

The doors over each piece are to represent the unknown when first beginning an addiction. They are each numbered to simply show the day that each painting was done. These are hung in a random fashion to show the mindset that one has when starting an addiction, meaning you never know where you’ll end up or even where you’re beginning when first undertaking an addiction (which initially one might not view as an addiction).

Title:  Entwined Revelations
Date: November 26, 2012
Medium: Sculptural Form

Notes: With the apparent addiction to technology, is it more important to use our devices, or breathe air? With addictions such as nomophobia (the fear of being without a cell phone – which is said to result in heroin addiction like withdrawal) on the rise, the public seems to vote for the former. A majority of people wouldn’t consider a day without their myriad of devices, they would rather stop breathing.

Everyday, I go through seeing people ignore others, trapped entirely in their electronic devices. I understand that we live in an age of technology, but when did man get taken out of the equation. Technology has completely withdrawn humanity from nature. If you go to a park on any given Saturday, you don’t even see children out on the playgrounds anymore. I have gone entire weekends, walking through parks, and noticing the complete lack of children. When I was a child going to the park was the only thing that we ever wanted to do. We would play and interact from sun-up till sundown. It has become a very sickening problem that needs addressing. Humanity is so far out of touch with nature because of our complete obedience to our technological devices.
In my opinion the world has gone from a world of regular social interaction to a ‘screen’ society. We are lacking interaction in most forms, making way for the virtual world to overtake the physical. Humans rank as one of the most socially dependent creatures in the world, but it is amazing how a social need affects birds. They need this social interaction. The small subjects in the trees are going to be tiny tinfoil birds with televisions for faces. They are to expressly show the visual representation of what social interaction looks like. The wires themselves are to be a clue as to the way we interact with not only ourselves, but to nature itself. I plan on using small electronic devices on the end of each of the wires that will play a TV static sound. This is to show the distinct disconnect between man and nature.
The viewers themselves should be able to climb into the trees to view the subject matter up close. As well as pick up and inspect the birds themselves. The dangling ‘sound devices’ will be discarded electronic devices to show how fast we move in this purchase and throw away consumerist society.

I want to make sure to have a very disturbing contrast between the electronic man-made versus the natural element.

Technological Sea

Title:  Technological Sea
Date: September 18, 2012
Medium: Sculptural Form

Notes: My intention of this piece is to open the eyes of people to show that they are literally drowning in a sea of technology.

I plan on using a piece of wood, affixing a sculptural form of a hand to it, then draping a multitude of wires over the hand one-by-one.

The hand is to look youthful and smooth, thus I want to use tape to bind the hand after it's been sculpted out of tinfoil. The point of this is to not only help the hand retain form, but to help it become more structurally sound for when I drape the wires over the piece.

I will affix the hand down with glue and more tape, all the while attempting to work as fast as possible.

I will then drape wires onto the piece one by one, affixing them down on the edges so that they can stay free on the inside of the piece. To make the piece interesting and convincing, it would be best to use wires that are differing colors and thickness.

The piece is to be represented with the wires being 'water' and the hand attempting to break out of it, but unfortunately getting sucked right back in.

I'll have to update more soon with my next class!

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