In the mean time, I give you Kehinde Wiley. His works can be found in
Sunday, December 14, 2008
In the mean time, I give you Kehinde Wiley. His works can be found in
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Last night my ridiculously old home desktop overheated when I was getting ready to start my last serigraphy design of the semester. It forced me to work through my head and through my sketch book and my own hands. After drawing, I spent a good 2 hours cutting film. The result is a mere 5 inches, but will be a 5 color print and my key to an A. I'm very excited about this design. It's actually a gift for Rima (my close friend/ex-sorority sister/future sister-in-law/boss). I'll post pics as soon as I'm done, but what are you looking at my crap for? Go create something on your own! :-D
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
For my Illustrator class I had to create 5 black and white logos using my initials. Honestly, I'd never use any of the logos I created for class because I don't think any of them are really me. For graphic design I'd use my sofisiphunk logo, which I just realized I've never posted (I'll get to that later). These were really just a means to play with different styles.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Once upon a time I was not a dog lover. That old me would punch the new me in the face for printing my dog on a shirt. But Winston is sooo cute and even Rose McGowan loves Boston Terriers! Green Film
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Being that my costume was so last minute, there weren't any short black wigs to be found in the entire Quail Springs area of N OKC. So I bought a long black one that originally had a crazy braided bun and 4 long braids hanging down the back. My sister proved her worth and helped fix up my wig (she's in cosmetology school). This is what it looked like after we got the braids out.
She told me not to tell people she cut it because "it would look so much better if it were real hair" but i think she did an awesome job considering I gave her 10 minutes and we had to flat iron it and curl it afterward. Reenactment
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I like to review work and share my thoughts with people but I have always felt composition seems like such a weird topic to analyze. For a viewer of art, it's definitely a good way to deepen your appreciation for an artist and for a piece, to look at all the elements and to really see the intentions. But we can break things apart so mathematically and I highly doubt that all great artists put these compositions together consciously adding them up in the same way. For many artists I think their vision is so intuitive that they can create without the equation. Of course sometimes things don't work or work in the way you intend, so you have to tweak it, but I really do think that Audrey is one of these artists.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Well, I guess the song is really saying, at some point you have to draw some boundaries and know when to turn down extra work you can't handle. Thing is, when I was a kid I loved that song. I thought it was so much fun and I'd actually pantomime turning buttons with every body part I could possible move seperate from my hands and feet, like my elbows. So maybe that was a signal to my parents that I was constantly going to keep myself busy. Sigh.
Ok, in short basically I haven't posted any finished projects because I have about a dozen in the works and haven't completed anything in the past week and a half. I'll probably post some other artists for you to explore later on this weekend.
Monday, October 6, 2008
1. preliminary sketch 2. crap, he looks a lot like my friend Brad 3. looking kind of not english
4.-6. ok, Paul really does have kind of a lazy eye, hard to paint that on purpose
5. Alright, tired of messing w/face shape 6. makeup training helped me figure out shading
7. Finally finished, touched up Ringo a bit as well.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Never the less, I'm in awe of these hand made custom hats. When I was 17 I had the lead role in A Curious Savage and went above and beyond what I needed to do for that character (an excuse to dye my hair powder blue). This was also around the time I was really into LCT and studying theater makeup and period hair styling. Never quite got finger waves down. Anyway, I made my own hat for this play and it was extremely difficult. I don't have any pictures but it looks similar to this green one, only it was egg shell and had some gaudy costume broach and feather. I had no idea what I was getting my self into, especially since at that time I had never sewn a pleat. It was incredibly frustrating but I'm also incredibly stubborn so it was completed and I'm sure you could find it somewhere in the dusty costume department in the basement of Lawton High.
Friday, October 3, 2008
FYI: The film has a clear layer and a red layer. You cut the red layer like a stencil, expose it onto your screen like a photo negative, lay your silk screen on top, and pull the ink across. The Egyptian looking one I mixed a metallic in and the weird abstract one I blended the blue and green on top of the screen. Sounds simple right?
That's what I thought. I did these, yup simple, and then for my first actual assignment I thought I'd get creative and experiment.
I made the stencil using cardstock, after being advised not to. The stencils are supposed to be really thin so the ink comes through easily but I wanted something that looked really rough. I cut rough and jagged, and I used the cardstock anyway. I also mixed my own shade of reddish brown and used a really deep chocolate in the tree trunk. I liked the rough look and on my first few prints it was just the tree. But being that I had to use so much ink to get through my thick stencil, I decided to experiment further and remove the stencil. Then, the ink was on the screen in the lines of the stencil, and I finished the print by pulling thin layers over it.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
But I am a bit of a freak in general.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
All my life I've had hermit tendencies. My mom told me even as a toddler I enjoyed my time to my self. For the most part it unnerves my family and peers. People hassle me for not being social. I guess they think I don't appreciate them. I let it get to me and started feeling like I shouldn't be this way. So I went through a phase of being extremely social. But I've realized that spending more time on my own is the only way I can truly be who I love being. It's the only way I can create with integrity.
So I'm working on a sgt. peppers lonely hearts club band series. I'll be posting Ringo and Paul this week.
Friday, September 19, 2008
*I took this with my camera phone so please excuse the poor photo quality.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Jeff Soto is one of my favorite discoveries. According to his resume, he received his BFA in 2002 but I distinctly remember finding his work in Juxtapoz during my freshman year (2003-2004). Of course this may not seem as big of an accomplishment to many people who are disinterested in the type of artists featured in this magazine, but to me it's inspiring. He didn't waste anytime after finishing his education. I hope I can say that one day.
I'm also very much in love with his style. The darkness of his characters and the dismay they seem to bring into an otherwise very bright and cheerful atmosphere, the relevance of environment and childish creativity. Mostly I love how so much is happening in one piece without seeming visually, too overwhelming for the viewer but simultaneously overpowering in subject. It's a very abstract spin of action in repose. It's as if each work is literally a window into a world from a very active mind that is perceiving and reinterpreting the real world. He successfully regurgitates the perspective of imagination. I've actually seen many artists attempt to imitate his style. But they fail, and being imitated, however much annoying it be, is a great compliment to an artist.
These two images (w/o permission, please forgive me) I snagged around my first discovery because they were the two pieces that I first fell for.