mona in progress

Everyone knows what Wednesday means!

Here’s what I’ve been working on over the weekend, for An Invisible Sign of My Own.  I really wasn’t feeling the Mona I made last week, so I went ahead and changed her outfit some.  I really like pattern and creating pattern over these things that I’ve cut out.

This is a detail so you can properly see some of the stuff that’s going on overtop:

This past semester I took a class at the University of Baltimore.  It was a class about HTML and CSS.  For our final, we needed to make a four-page-site.  I took the opportunity to revamp my old portfolio site a little bit.  I’ll post it when it goes live!

ffffound my way into a hole

I know everyone knows about FFFFOUND!  If you don’t know about it, please acquaint yourself.  Much as foodies look at blogs of beautiful pictures of food,  I look at images of the arts to inspire (and consequently drool over).

FFFFOUND is a great resource for this (an image bookmarker) – a random smattering of images that range from photography, illustration, graphic design and fine art.  Once you decide to click on an image, it takes you to a series of images that you also might enjoy.  Before you know it, you’ve started down the FFFFOUND hole.  You won’t get out of it for a long.time.

This site is an invitation-only to post pictures on it.  How do I get an invitation??

Here’s what six degrees of separation can get you on FFFFOUND!



over the weekend… mica art market

Sorry for the brief hiatus!  I finally got the CSS thing figured out, for the most part.   There are a couple of little kinks that I’d like to figure out, but for now I’m sassified.

One thing I did over the weekend was the MICA Art Market.  I graduated from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 2008.  My senior year was the first year of the Art Market, and it was fairly small in comparison to this year’s Art Market.  I was really impressed by the sheer  amount of work that the Brown Center housed.  There were three different levels that had work from all the different departments.  I didn’t have time to look at everything, but I did get my brother a nice little Christmas gift.

I wasn’t buying for myself, but I really wanted these cling-on window cats that were available via the printmaking department:

Both cats by Christine Moore.

This past weekend also included an ugly-sweater Christmas party that was super fun.  Sometimes you just need to dance out all your frustrations and worries, and that’s what I did.  Until 4 in the morning.

brought to you by css

This isn’t much of a post at all-  I have purchased the option to edit my CSS on my blog, so that’s what I’m going to try and devote most of my day to doing.  Hopefully by the end of this weekend I will have a revamp for my blog.

CSS is fun – pretty easy to learn and powerful!  You should all do yourselves a favor and become quasi-familiar with it.

EDIT: As you can see, the layout is very plain right now and some things break.  I’m working on it!

a visible progress of my own

It’s Wednesday, a day where I post what I’ve been working on lately.  This week it’s Mona from An Invisible Sign of My Own.  I have a clear idea of what I’m going to do for my first piece, and this is the first step to it – overall, I’m pleased with the start.

Why is part of her foot missing?  I guess you’ll just have to wait and find out!

I will probably (subtly) go back and do a little digital rendering to Mona, most likely as I’m working on the piece.

zeotrope: all story

When going to Kansas City for Thanksgiving,  I was perusing the magazine selection at my local Barnes and Noble.  It’s the Barnes and Noble by John Hopkins, and so it tends to include a few more literary magazines and journals than  your normal store.  This publication immediately stuck out at me:

The publication is  called Zoetrope: All Story. It’s a quartley magazine that has short stories and plays.  They have some big name contributors, and some now-famous individuals originally got their work published in All Story.
Along with new stories, every issue features a reprinting a published short story that inspired a great-film – to illustrate the relationship between different art forms.

The magazine also has guest designers and illustrators each issue, so it changes the look each time.   Here are some previously published issues I like (visually):

fantastic fox weekend

This past weekend Peter and I ventured to the movies to see Fantastic Mr. Fox, an animated film directed by Wes Anderson.  The movie is based (loosely) on a book by the same name written by Rolad Dahl.

I really enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox!  I think it was the combination of Wes Anderson, great animation and an entertaining story that won me over.  I think that this film was a good choice for Wes Anderson.  I had always enjoyed his movies, but continaully felt as though he tended to use some of the same characters.  This was the opportunity, based on the source material, to do something different, although you can still see Anderson’s style shine through.  Though marketed towards kids (hardly any kids in our showing, though), this movie was really funny!

Also, the animation – I loved the textures, characters (with the exception of the humans – I found them to be sort of disgusting looking), and the fact that the animation was stop motion.  I’m always fascinated with stop motion.

Some stills from the movie:

I was pretty productive this weekend.  I’ll post some of my work on Wednesday.  In the meantime, you should see this movie.  Go to a matinee so it won’t cost as much.

artist fridays: rich gemmell

Well, it’s Friday already and I think you all know what that means!  Today I’m going to write about a UK-based  illustrator named Rich Gemmell.

Rich Gemmell

On his website, Gemmell writes that he’s starting a new body of work based on his recent trip to Scotland.  He writes that he wants to “improve his image-making and inject something a bit different in his future pieces”, which I can appreciate.  I absolutely love how this body of work is starting and much prefer it to his older work – this is so much more complex and emotional.

I would really like to know his technique- the images look to be a combination of collage, watercolor or ink and monoprints.  The lines are so crisp and the shapes have such a nice weigh to them, which is a nice contrast to the line work gingerly drawn on top.

I’m excited to see how this series progresses.

fine art day

I work super close to downtown Baltimore, and never take advantage of the fact that I am within easy walking distance of the Walters Art Museum and countless other galleries that dot Charles Street.

It’s been beautiful out, and through my blogs I saw that the C. Grimaldis Gallery was having a portion of Grace Hartigan’s work – Grace Hartigan: A Life of Painting. She was an American painter that is recently deceased. She was apart of the the New York School, working in abstract expressionism and eventually moving to Baltimore and later becoming the director of the Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting at MICA.

The following images, of the the gallery, are from Bmore Art Blog:

I really wasn’t super familiar with Grace Hartigan’s work before, but I think that there are some interesting aspects to it.  Although she ran with a group of painters that were a bit more abstract, her work is surprisingly figurative, even in her abstraction.  The figures reference a number of different historical periods of time (such as byzantine art), appropriating them into the modern world based on her application of not only the paint but the figures.

It all sort of reminds me of the beginning of pop art – the use of such commercial and familiar imagery.  I just saw an Andy Warhol exhibit last week, so I guess I have some pop art on the brain.  After reading more about Grace Hartigan, though, I think she would hate that I just wrote that.

in progress wednesdays… dia de los muertos

It’s already Wednesday?  The week has gone by so fast! (Not that I’m complaining.)  Here’s some more sketching for An Invisible Sign of My Own, pulled right out of the sketchbook.

I hated the pencil drawing underneath the collage part and decided to cover it.  I sometimes can think better when I’m using scissors and paper.  The drawing on the skull is digital with clipping mask (in illustrator) used for the teeth, middle of eyes, and other various details.  My natural inclination is to work large (well, larger than my sketchbook) and so detailed things like the feature of the skulls are best suited for the computer (where I can zoom in and work much larger).

Also not pictured is some planning I did for an actual piece for the book.  I think I’m close enough with the thumbnail sketches that I can start on something substantial soon.


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