Monday, July 27, 2009

Mojo Gallery last week

I went to Mojo studios on Thursday and did a few more drawings. I really enjoy this style and want to try out drawing other subjects, like an animal, or a house. 

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mojo Gallery

I am back on track. This is it, this is what I was trying to find. Bless Mojo gallery and their studio drawing night. It is pretty sweet, laid back, and lots of great people. There was music and beer... I cant wait until next week. Here are the drawings.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Art Guild July9

Charcoal, watercolor pencil, acrylic ink, umber, phthalo, orange, & pencil. I think her head and arm aren't in correct proportion. It is hard to tell what she is sitting on, like she is uncomfortable, her feet and hand look weird too. I love the graphite lines in the background over the water/color look. I think this is may be a good idea for next weeks drawings. Prepare backgrounds before you go. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Art Guild July 7

Charcoal on Paper.
Acrylic ink in sketchbook.
Sharpie in sketchbook.
Micron Pen on wallpaper with Acrylic.
Micron on Paper. 
Acrylic ink on Transparency Paper.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

attaching wallpaper


"The environment is all gold and the idea behind that was to tell the viewer that these figures were in a spiritual realm [...] If I put them in this all white background, that would maybe also hint that this is in a psychological realm, this isn't a real place. This isn't even a comic book. It's a blank slate"
-John Wentz 

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This interview with John Wentz made me think about my work, and how most of the pieces lack a background. Most of my drawings/paintings have a wallpaper background, or none at all. I never really thought about why, so this is a good time to think about it.  

Wallpaper. What is wallpaper. Pattern, a Skin, a Covering to a Blank vertical plane. Suburbia. Decor. Something to look at. A Claustrophobia of sorts. The wallpaper continues off the page, and who knows how far it goes. Most of the time, the wallpaper bleeds through the subject on top of its surface. The subject is transparent in a way. The only real thing there is the wallpaper.  

It was originally introduced into the drawings to fill the blank white void. An excuse to come to terms with the empty space I was too lazy to fill with paint or ink. I also liked the idea that they were leftovers, left in a dusty box at a second hand store in Chicago. Did I feel like some sort of hero? Saving the wallpaper... 

How boring, that the wallpaper could have spent it's life on a wall... only to be tore down or covered over, suffocation. I have rolls and rolls piled in the corner of my studio, and on any particular 2nd hand outing, I cannot hold off from grabbing it if i see it. My urge to purchase something familiar to me, or my american tendency to purchase.. in general? 

What is the difference between them sitting in the corner of my studio, and a box at the thrift store?I should give them the life they deserve. Put them to use. 

Shane Sleeping

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bon Iver

Update: Add light

I took the piece off of the Masonite this morning, to move it to a larger piece of Masonite, and dropped it in front of the Refrigerator. As I picked it up, the light from the window came through the page. Stunning. It is illuminated. 

I am Going Blind

I heard that if you are going deaf, you should seek a hearing aid immediately. If you delay, your brain begins to forget how to form sounds and words. I think that is the saddest thing. When I apply this to my own condition, I realize my sight has been diminishing for quite some time now. I don't have glasses, and am collecting crease lines on my forehead from squinting so frequently. Why don't I get some glasses?

I went and drew a model last night, and couldn't see her details. Her face was so difficult to see, and I did a lot of hard squinting. I wonder if I have slowly been loosing my ability to see things. Really See Things. I have lost my lust for the things I was so obsessed over, years ago. Death, anxiety, people, drawing, emotions... It has all mellowed out. I am not obsessed with anything at the moment, and it feels so wrong. I am missing a very important something. I would rather be horribly scared, and full of anxiety, than be bored and calm. There is nothing interesting about calm. 

I can't see anything, and I believe I have been ignoring life for quite sometime now. I will get glasses next week and see if it dramatically changes the course of my life. 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Art Guild Sketch Group

Process: charcoal on thick watercolor paper. Transparency layer- white charcoal for highlights. Transparency layer- ink drawing, blue watercolor pencil, gold acrylic, tape and varnish...

Next time... layer umber on top of the phthalo blue. more gold, more graphite. Add varnish in between each layer, let dry. I want to see the layers more transparent. I want thicker lines, maybe a black acrylic ink and paint brush. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

bat for lashes


Update on piece: Added a varnish transfer to lower left. I used the old graph paper given to me by Michael Crotty. I am thinking graphite lines should go over this area, something architectural. 

This piece has no focus yet. I am hoping Carl Ray Miller was right in saying just start. Maybe something will happen to me today to give me motive for the piece.