Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thinkspace and Junc Galleries, Silverlake

Had a nice weekend at the galleries in Silverlake. I had never been before and it was a lot of fun exploring. For anyone that's seen "Who Killed the Electric Car" or for those that haven't, go get your diesel cars converted to run on vegetable oil at Lovecraft, link:

I missed the show at Giant Robot, sadly, but if anyone is around Sawatelle Blvd, Giant Robot has a show with a ton of awesome artists. The gimmick is that all the artwork was done on post-it notes, and they're all available for purchase for $20 bucks.

And finally, art. You can see a lot more of the work on the websites as well.

Myna Sonou.

Amy Ross.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ink drawing

new work

ink drawing painted with photoshop

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Acrylic Painting

Blogger was nice to me so I actually succeeded in posting this image of a painting I did my freshman year of college. I still remember pulling an all nighter in the dorm living room desperately trying to finish the night before it was due. This was also back when all I knew and all I thought to do was realism realism realism.


Spotlight Artist! Chris Finley

Since blogger goes nuts every time I try to post a jpeg of my own work, today is dedicated to an artist I admire, Chris Finley.
Chris is a California native who graduated from Art Center (Pasadena). I thought his work was relevant because like my past couple posts, his paintings (like the ones below) start with an image that is abstracted or distorted through the computer and then painted. I think it's immediately apparent from the graphic integrity of his work that they are digitally inspired. It's really interesting to see how artists today are taking something "traditional" like painting and incorporating the "modern" digital aesthetic that is so popular now.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Digital work

This was a digital piece made in Adobe illustrator. This is the painting inspired by the digital piece.

In the previous digital painting people said it was too identical to the digital image, so for this piece I decided to be more adventurous with the paint and it's layering properties. I liked the idea of how the paint layers could mimic the layers in a computer program like Illustrator so I painted and poured wet paint according to the order of the layers I made in Illustrator. I enjoy how the leaves came out, with the different transparencies.
Blogger kept going crazy when I tried to edit the previous entry on this painting, so here are the pictures of the photoshop design and the finished product.


Finished painting:


Monday, August 07, 2006

New York, 2005.

collage type stuff

This was a self portrait collage made with magazine rip outs (12"x18").
I wish I didn't cheat and draw in the nose. I think I might go change that now. Maybe the lips too. But I enjoy how the hair came out, with the polka dots and patterns and scraggly wisps at the bottoms.

This was created by cutting an image into strips and then reverse order pasting the strips onto paper (8"x13.5") Came out pretty cool.

This was just ripped up black construction paper, trying to focus on how to use negative space to dictact a solid object. I hope that makes sense?

Shangrila, China. 2006

Finally, some photography.
These are just digital, point and click photos from this winter.

Today's entry: Faces!

Watercolor on gessoed canvas (is gessoed a word?)

Charcoal and pastel on paper.
(the mouth area is on the verge of neanderthal man, darnit.)
Pencil on newsprint

Sunday, August 06, 2006

I have lame titles

I like to take photos of my work in the process of it's completion. I don't know why, I guess I'm just interested in seeing how a finished product becomes, well, finished. So here is a series of photos that go through the process of a recent painting of mine. I made the design in Photoshop.

Step 1: Sketching to get the proportions of the small image correctly onto a large canvas. You can see the original design; it's that little colorful piece of paper in the middle.

Step 2: A light wash to cover the gesso on the canvas and block in certain areas of color.

Step 3: More colors, more layers. Slowly but surely.

Step 4: Details and more accurate colors.

Step 5: Almost done. Still painting and I'm running out of explanations.

Step 6: Okay finally done with the painting and this whole steps thing. Horray!

being negative. (18"x24")

some studies on negative space...

according to brian, this one is not about negative space. i guess it's more of a contour line drawing.