19 05 2010

Everyday Monsters is an exploration into seeing out world in a child like manor. A Child’s mind in boundless; they have the ability to see things adults pass by. By taking these building and turning them into monsters, I hope to bring back that sense of creativeness and wonder that we lose or pay less attention to as we grow older. Kids have the most fun, why can’t adults too!

I took pictures of structures that I pass on a regular basis. The robots on the far right were the inspiration for this series; while driving back to Menomonie form Minnesota, these rising mechanisms for the train bridge caught my eye and I instantly though “those look like robots!” from there I found that almost any structure could be turned into a monster of some kind. These are photos, with the monsters printed on mylar, then laid over the top. It helps separate the two “worlds” and brings more focus to monsters I have created.

I plan on making many more of these. Ideally, I want to travel everywhere and have these broken up by states/countries. These all fall into the Monsters of Wisconsin series, they were taken in Prescott and Menomonie.



19 05 2010

Beauty displays the juxtaposition between beauty and danger. It started out as just a live model sketch, and I enjoyed it as it was, but felt it needed something more to fit into my style. With the addition of the text “DANGEROUS!” the piece started to take a whole new meaning, but still didn’t feel finished. Taking a page form my Stanley Donwood emulation, I wanted to incorporate an animal, but wasn’t sure what help push my concept. Though research of the world’s most dangerous animals, hippopotamuses kept showing up. Apparently they kill more humans per year than sharks, which surprise me. With hippos be such beautiful creatures and having a high ranking on the dangerous list, I had found my animal. I wanted to give the effect of the figure wearing the head as a mask or helmet type object, so I have it layered on top of the paper giving slight detention to the piece.

Ante Lepus (Stanley Donwood Emulation)

19 05 2010

This is an emulation of Stanley Donwood’s El Chupacabra series. Donwood’s featured 13 different paintings of goats with manipulated facial features. i choose to work with a Jackalope because it was similar to the goats; they both fit into that group of animals, even though mine is fictional, that looks innocent, but could have a touch of evil in it. This is the first painting I’ve ever done, and I learned a lot. Working at a faster pace was a bit of a struggle for me, but became comfortable with it after a while. I plan on exploring more painting this summer when I find time. This piece was also my first time using a wash/drip technique and I feel pretty successful with it. I enjoyed the process of it, trying to figure out how to control something that doesn’t want to be controlled.

Starting this piece, I was a bit apprehensive, dealing with a medium I’ve never touched before. I am very satisfied with it and plan to similar works in the future. The subject has also become something I enjoy working with as well, mixing humans and animals, with purpose, is an interesting thing.


16 03 2010

Really, i don’t this like this picture says…most of the time.

ENFJ: The “Mentor”
Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging

I really enjoyed how Wikipedia Put it: Extraverted feeling types seek continuity through harmonious relationships and collective values. They excel at picking up on the tone of a situation and acting accordingly, adding warmth to a cool setting or turning sour into sweet. They naturally seek to know what people do well, what they enjoy, and where and how they work. They seem to have an infinite number of acquaintances from all walks of life and are always on the lookout for people in need and those who can help out. ENFJs weave and strengthen the collective fabric of social conventions and interactions. Inclusiveness is important and they are particularly sensitive to those who are excluded.
ENFJs focus on others, feeling a glow when those around them are happy, and troubled when something is amiss. They are natural cheerleaders, often expressing support, gratitude, and encouragement, and heaping praise onto those they appreciate. They take note of what is being done and what needs doing, offering their assistance wherever necessary.
ENFJs enjoy organizing group activities and tend to take their commitments seriously. In general, they are reliable and do not like to disappoint others. As team players and project leaders, they have a gift for rallying their players, focusing on what is being done right and each member’s strengths. They are loyal and they expect loyalty. They carry conversations well, finding common ground with their speaker. They tend to find the correct and gracious way to respond in any given situation, no matter how tense or uncomfortable it is.
Extraverted feeling types will uphold a wide range of values, simply because shared values are what create harmony. Some will profess the importance of tough-minded logic, justice and scholarly debate because their environments have these shared values. They tend to adopt the collective values of those in their social group.”

First off, I love have a vast group of friends/acquaintances, that’s very true in my life. Also I love meeting knew people and including everyone on everything.  It talks about the ability to pick up on “the tone” of the situation and acting accordingly, and I feel that’s true, most of the time.  Picking up on peoples emotions is also something I feel excel at, but who knows, I could be wrong. In a group, I do enjoy being in a leader position, and if not the leader, I still voice my opinion heavily on the project. But, I am a huge believer in the “think before you speak” mentality. That way, I can find the best way to say something without hurting someone’s feels. And I’d like to avoid that at all cost. I didn’t find anything that I completely disagreed with, or at all with. I guess I am a full fledged ENFJ!

Being concerned with people as played heavily into my artwork. I’ve been really drawn to working with the figure after the last project, and hopefully will continue with that. Another website describes us as “seeing the big picture” and this maybe why I tend to plan a lot before I even start working on the piece. Some people can start working and add on as they go, but I need to have, at least, a good idea of what the final product will look like.

I only want you to think I’m Fantastic!

6 03 2010

Our assingment was to take a theme from our last drawing, and then we would randomly choose a subject and a media. i ended up with

  • Graphic Narrative
  • Self
  • Mylar

I’ve titled this “I only want you to think I’m Fantastic” and its based of the idea that we tell lies to promote the self, or others image of our self. I’ve taken four common lies (I’m on a diet, I don’t need directions, I know what I’m doing, I can fix it myself), one on each layer, and the text is arranged to force the viewer to focus and pay attention to the piece.  Then layers and image of myself on top (color layer > line layer).

I picked this image of myself solely on the fact that I liked it. Which still fits into my subject ,self><narcissism, but an interesting point got brought up. Since this is the same picture I have on this blog, facebook, and other online networking sites, this is the picture I want people to see of me. And I have 100% control over that, for all strangers know, I could be a large, jolly guy who live ‘up nort’. (really I’m not Santa Clause, as cool as that would be) so through social media, I could choose to be who I want, and people will believe it.

I am planning on revising the display of this piece, the construction was a last minuet switch in ideatown. Ideally, I’d like to use a sheet of metal, same size as the mylar (12×18) and use magnets to hold and separate the layers. Also, I’ve been thinking about painting the metal a bright color. Comments? Other construction ideas? Ill take ‘em if you got ‘em!

First Critique

14 02 2010

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1 02 2010

In the preface, it’s explained that the book is broke up into three parts: forming the mind, disciplining the body, and cultivating the spirit. Haynes had organized the chapters in order to have a certain flow to them, and I find that it much more enjoyable to read and understood quicker and with less effort. I’m not much for reading things, especially when it come to required reading for school, but so far this book has proved me wrong and I actually wanted to continue reading on. Another aspect of the book I enjoy is that you can tell the Haynes believes what she’s writing, which, in turn, helps myself to believe it.
She explains a lot about herself; she tells us her journey to becoming an “artist” and what she considers that title to hold, her life and her work being interwoven and inseparable. We then discussed the artistic paths/pasts of ourselves. All the way from childhood to the present, and we acquire new knowledge and a better understand of our environments. Then onto talking about the place of schooling in the world of art. One of the thing that stuck out to me the most in this section was talking about the necessity of schooling. Personally I’d feel lost without having Stout here to guide me along the path of artistry; Haynes says its there as a resource, but not needed; and that one should not be afraid to leave it and come back later.