Sketchbook pages, and a new gangsta video!

July 18, 2011 § 6 Comments

20110718-071759.jpgTruth.

20110718-071805.jpgI really like this spread. I am going to turn this into a painting I think. Two or in a series.

20110718-071811.jpgThis is the result of the second time lapse video I made, it needs the other side to be complete…

This blogging thing is starting to consume my brain. I sleep, drink Kool-Aid and Blue Moons, make artwork, and continuously think about this blog. I have become a sea of ideas, waves crashing over each other, the ebb and flow of creation…I have spent the last couple of days watching nothing but art videos on vimeo and have been so inspired. Two leading ladies have really opened my eyes to making art videos. The joyful Jenny from Starting Over Studio and the amazing Amanda from Ahhh-Design. Jenny has a couple of examples of “vlogs” and I watched them, feeling a sense of comfort and friendship with her that I have never felt. Seeing her face, listening to her voice, really made me connect with her blog posts more than I ever had before. I wanted to give that to my readers, send them the most personal message I can. Amanda is new to my daily blog visits, and I am so thankful for it. I spent all day Sunday reading almost every single one of her posts, all the way back into the winter months. She is one of the best collage artists I have ever came across, and her videos on vimeo are top-notch. I just knew that this is something I wanted, needed to do.

I decided to sit down yesterday and put all the inspiration onto paper. I used some techniques that I saw Amanda use, tried to think along lines of Jenny, and put out some pretty neat stuff. I want to show you all the collages but I have to upload the video first. I will give you the second video because it is shorter and a lot of fun to watch. I will say that making art videos in general is a challenge for me. I am naturally a shy person, at least when it comes to presenting ideas and art. It’s crazy, because I am an artist and I am outgoing…but when it comes to putting my work on the internet and being front and center is a big step. I figured this is a good way to gradually get into all that tutorial stuff that I have been meaning to do, starting with my hands moving a mile a minute!

I hope you enjoy the vimeo videos, and I hope that you will give me some feedback. Be easy though, because I was up late, tossing and turning over this blog post. I put some crazy gangsta music on it, and faded it out like all the cool kids are doing! LOL…and remember, bravery is a big part of blogging. If you learn one thing from me, please let it be the art of bravery.

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Classic tattoo art

July 16, 2011 § 5 Comments

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the colors aren’t really my cup of tea, but the design is a keeper

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this was everyone’s favorite, it took me forever. I do love working in some graphite though…

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a classic skull and swords and cross thing…think pirates.

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this is a banner I made, thinking about making it a permanent on the blog or gravatar

I was hard at work the last two days drawing, drawing, drawing! I did at least four new pages in the sketchbook, which means I am getting down to the nitty-gritty. I am so excited to finish it! I can’t believe that I actually completed it up to this point. I’ll post the new video as soon as I am done. I also did some work on the side…

I had a craving for some graphite on my hands so I brought out some old techniques. I was having a discussion about classic tattoo art and the possibilities that it can bring for an artist. I have never tattooed anyone in my life, but I am sure that I could design a tattoo. I wrote a similar post back in May about it. Since I have been in New York, that’s all I see. I have also been interested in them, wanted them, and thought about how many amazing tattoos exist.

I tried to put my own little spin on them, with my graffiti/edgy style. Classic with a touch of modern and young. I am not sure what is missing but I feel like the project isn’t complete. Maybe some classic colors? Or sailor mermaids and “mom” written in a bleeding heart! More research, more work, and more motivation will get this where I need it to be.

And by the way, I had over 40 views yesterday about my blog moving and only four comments. Does that mean that I shouldn’t move because I had so many people reading yesterday? Or does it mean that 40 people read but doesn’t care enough to put their two cents in? I just don’t know…

Pencil punks

July 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

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big nose, feelers, and a halo

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big brother program, everybody needs a mentor

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“Am I not turtle enough for the turtle club?”

Black moon rising

July 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

20110703-041255.jpganother dreamcatcher, less optimistic in design

20110703-041301.jpgrock cities are never-ending

20110703-041307.jpgtriangles and mountains and volcanoes erupting

20110703-041313.jpganti and some brain matter

20110703-041319.jpgthis was colorful, maybe a neat painting?

20110703-041329.jpgall my ideas and sketches and moods can be summed up by this page. The blackout poetry reads: “dark and anonymous people have spiritual memories and transient moments”

Forgive me art world, for I have sinned. I have a confession to make…
I have always worked diligently and enthusiastically when it comes to art. I am mostly self taught, except for what I learned in high school and a bit a art college. I try to find new art, new artists, and new ideas and techniques every, single, day. The problem comes when I can’t execute them correctly, or in an appealing manner. If you are an artist or not you know that life’s worry and stress can sometimes get in the way. When I get to this point I seem fold in my feathers, tuck in my wings, and waddle backwards!

I confess that sometimes I create artwork just to create. Granted, pulling out all my art supplies and doodling is somewhat “brainstorming” but is that really a way to create? I have this bad habit of drawing the same thing over 30 different ways, or just spilling paint into my sketchbook with no direction. I paint this way and it’s usually always successful. But when it comes to sketchbooks, it’s a whole different story.

The point is I have been tossing and turning lately. I haven’t been sleeping well, and even had some strange dreams. I’m not really stressed, just working on a lot of stuff. I have to make stencils, do some silkscreening, finish some large scale drawings, and work on my blog. Plus, deal with crazy, New York! Ahh, the pressure. I feel like there really is a black moon rising, and the eclipse might bring some awesome artwork. Are these pages a sign of what’s to come? Ominous and foreboding, or a sneak peek to some dark art done in my edgy style?

Julia Rothman’s Drawn In Release Party

July 2, 2011 § 3 Comments

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this was the best picture I took in Chelsea, before I went to Dumbo

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graffiti on an italian bread truck

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huge, rainbow mural on Water St., Dumbo

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view from under the bridge, sunset

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sketchbook table with event staff and guests

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a lot of people showed up

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click this picture! it’s a neat 360 view, frame by frame

Julia Rothman runs one of my favorite websites of all time, Book By Its Cover. I have been reading it for so long and hoping and wishing I could participate in some of the many events she offers. Of course, since I recently moved to NY, I finally got to attend something. Julia Rothman has a new book out called Drawn In and it is full of inspiring photos and interviews of artists that keep regular sketchbooks.

I am always inspired when I go to Dumbo, it is full of art and music, everywhere. As soon as I got there all I wanted to do was take pictures and pick up things to collage with and sketch until my fingers fell off. I did finally make it to the Powerhouse Bookstore and was pleasantly surprised. It is a neat bookstore, with publishing offices on the second floor. They were playing Radiohead, I got to drink delicious wine, and look at some really great sketchbooks. There were a lot but I think I had a few favorites. Ana Benaroya, Ben Finer, and Jen Corace really stood out. I have seen Jen Corace’s work in Philly. I love sketchbooks, as you know. I think more art shows should be like Julia’s. Lots of neat people, willing to talk and ask questions, music, wine, and plenty of good vibes. I felt like I fit in and I can’t wait to get the book. Of course, if you haven’t ever visited Book By Its Cover, get on it and tell me what you think!

Dreamcatchers, jellyfish, and worry washers

June 25, 2011 § 7 Comments

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Why do I love watercolor so much? Why are watercolor pencils, pen, and ink the best media in the world? The answer is above. You can do almost anything and everything with water soluble media. I bought some watercolor paper so I could make some cards for some friends, but I needed a break. I got the idea from a sketch in my book, and figured to run with a series. I had a great time doing this because it’s as close as I can get to actual “painting” with having canvas, foamcore, wood, acrylic, oils, turpentine, etc. If you want to know my painting style, this is it. Until I post my old paintings on the blog, this is the best idea of the way I work. It should speak for itself, I hope.

The first photo is of the first piece I completed. The colors are odd, and were kind of a mistake. I reworked it yesterday and came out with a neat piece. I cut it up and overlapped some places. The second one was a brave decision. I wanted it brighter and bolder. This was my favorite until I started the last piece. I think this one has less of a jellyfish vibe, and more of a dreamcatcher effect. I cut out pieces of this too, to break up color.

Each one is about 4 x 7, and I think they look nice in a row but I might do some more, to create a textile/quilt thingamajig. I don’t know…I was practicing my old techniques from my younger days. It relieved some worries on my mind and it always feels good to get some work done. I think this may be the best art I’ve done since I’ve been NY. Whaddya think?

Two-page spreads

June 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

Click Here! for a peek into my current sketchbook!
20110619-063704.jpgmore white lines and red shapes

20110619-063710.jpgRFC cut-out

20110619-063716.jpgI was in a bad mood, needed a beer

20110619-063722.jpgsame image, in black and white and a rock city

20110619-063728.jpgcairns, and some sunshine

20110619-063736.jpgI hate Amtrak stations

20110619-063742.jpganother rock city

I haven’t updated in a few, because I have been drawing! Filling the sketchbook up, page by page is keeping me busy. New York has been crazy hot and full of summer storms. I haven’t really had the chance to go exploring, so I just sketch. These are some recent pages, that include 2 pages as one image. Like in “art journals”, but with less text. I bought some watercolor paper and I am going to the art store soon, so beware for some final pieces really soon.

I never posted a video before, but I uploaded one on tumblr. If you are interested in my sketchbook as a whole, click that first link!

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