Thursday, February 26, 2009

Second Victorian ad, 90% done. Still haven't gotten around to lettering these ads yet; that's the problem when you have four other classes to worry about. I screwed up the head but the inking came out well.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Its fascinating to see how anime and Japanese culture so influences our own. This is Camilla d' Errico's work(again from Hi Fructose). I really, really love the super vibrant colors and expressions of the girls and it makes me wonder about modern artists. In high school (ten years ago, ha ha) my friends and i discovered the wonders of anime and i could say that it strongly influenced all of us as artists. Although now everyone has gone off onto their own styles i think anime had a large influence at one point (except for Katie who i think was a born genius for animation no matter what culture she was looking at. i think i remember her drawing perfect Ren and Stimpy cartoons before anime, so she's just special)
Its funny how art developed for me; i never made it my life's work like my other friends did out of high school. in fact for a long time it was secondary, something i did when i was bored or had a particular idea while i was studying or something but a few years ago i gave up and admitted that the only thing i really want to do in life (no matter how impractical it is) is just to create.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Its funny how every semester i choose paper so large i can't fit in on the scanner (and i'm too lazy to take pictures) so you get about 60% of the image, tra la la. its abouuuuuuuuuuuut 80% done; still needs text and fine details. its my Victorian ad for a modern product: Botox. oooorrr i was thinking plastic surgery oooor something. still thinking. i lurve the pen and ink.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Broadside number one for the semester. Bah, there were all sorts of problems; the text is too close to the bottom, the paper wasn't large enough, i couldn't fit the whole phrase i wanted - 'the hand of fate never touched me, not once' on it, ect. ect. So i'm doing another broadside with the poem/nursery rhyme 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' next.
The idea for this one was from a quote i read in a book a long time ago where this teenage chick was angsting over her life when an older women told her be glad of it because life never touched her (the older lady), not once. So it made me think; a lot of people complain about their lives (and some for good reasons) but what if nothing EVER happened to you? to live and die in obscurity without growing, experiencing, doing ANYTHING? I think i would rather be tested and put through challenges than to live life without ever achieving real potential.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I had to share. Recently (or late for me, I guess) while i was wandering around Barnes n' Noble i picked up a magazine called Hi Fructose, opened it and fell in love. I'm not sure what genre these artists fall under but the styles and ideas are something i've been in love with for the last few years. There are so many incredible talents featured in this issue that i had a hard time deciding which one to put up first so i'll start with Chris Scarborough. The images i put up are a wonder; the subtle screwing around with reality and proportions that create the slightly buggy eyed/alien look of sweet girls - wow!
Anyhow i wanted to share a snippet from this wonderful 'under the counter culture' magazine and highly suggest you get out there and buy one. no worries, i'll put up more artists later.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Better late then never. This is one of the projects from Book Arts Fall 2008 semester. Just a silly little accordian style book with a sushi menu. The menu is letter pressed and just reads Tamago Roll .... 3.95 so on so forth. To construct the book it took a surprisingly long time. To press the paper took the least amount of time. As i'm in my last semester of college (and continued onto Advanced Book Arts) i'll have more projects and broadsides to put up (right now i've got one 98% finished - just need to sign and number them) . As the college is taking some major hits from the economy this may be my last chance to do a wonderful and unique class like Book Arts and damn, that's depressing. The Black Rock Press is the only letter press in Reno. Next one over is in San Fran.
i will use my time this semester wisely, and kick out a butt load of projects.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Nostalgia post and i just wanted an excuse to go LOOK WHAT A CUTE LITTLE KID I WAS. and a messy eater my mother tells me; i wasn't happy unless it coated the walls. i was digging through some boxes and found lots and lots 80's photos (hence Rainbow Bright) and thought how strange it is to see that my childhood is now becoming Retro. i don't know about other people but it was fun being a kid in the 80's.