Thursday, August 25, 2011
The other show is at Altered Esthetics in northeast Minneapolis, the specific exhibition being titled, 'Home', and featuring many other artists as well. The piece I had accepted is called 'Hands of Surveillance', and it was for a class assignment about how the government and other organizations are increasingly prying into our private lives, whether it's for 'national security' or figuring out how best to tailor ads to consumers. I'm not extremely paranoid myself about the topic, but it could make me pretty uneasy if I thought about it long enough. The opening is at 7 pm on September 2nd, and I believe it runs through much of September (Artist's Discussion on the 17th, 1-3 pm). It is in Northeast Minneapolis, on 1224 Quincy ST SE.
Otherwise I've been working a little at my slide library job, where I get to hang out with some great people, back in the Visual Resources department. Will be continuing that on through the school year.
Speaking of the school year, that starts on Monday, though technically I will be starting my first in-person class on Wednesday. I probably will start my online course, History of Illustration, on Monday. Already ran into the international students today, among other friends and acquaintances. The campus is buzzing and busy, and I'm very excited to begin the school year.
Oh, and I visited my grandparents this past week, which was nice. Then I (and my brother) dropped by Chicago and had pizza with my parents, and my cousin and his wife, some satisfying deep-dish pepperoni and sausage pizza, along with good conversation. We then spent some time with a couple friends who we had made in Ireland, and explored the city, including Bucktown, downtown, the Art Institute (museum and school), Millennium Park, a little of the lake front, and the Lakeview (Boystown) area, where I had a great dinner with my brother, my friend Meghann and my cousin and his wife. We left on the megabus, watching the tops of houses, apartments, churches, and cathedrals pass us by on the way out via the interstate.
In sketch news, Here are some recent sketches I made while at the Spyhouse Coffee on Hennepin Avenue. I tried some blind contour, followed by focusing on a single person, which included blind contour sketches of varying length of time (2 seconds to 10 seconds roughly). Then a longer, non-blind sketch. I notice I tend to give too much length to the head from the back to the front, because I used to give too little, so I kind of over-compensate now sometimes.
Also, sketching at a cafe is often an exercise in focus for me, because I have some anxiety/nervousness being around other people, and it's hard for me to just feel like purely drawing instead of having my thoughts racing.
Friday, May 27, 2011
These are the beginnings of a potential project I will keep working on. It started as an exercise to get me working on art/drawing, so I picked something I know I like doing, which is making designs/floorplans/sketches for imagined spaces. Specifically, since I did this assignment in high school a few times (making floor plans for a house/building), I have always enjoyed thinking about what my 'dream' apartment or house would be.. with these sketches (and the start to the digital piece), I've been thinking about my 'dream' space, but more within realistic financial limitations; so, these images are for an imagined small, 1-person 1-bedroom apartment unit. I have some more floorplans for larger, possibly 2-person units which I will post as soon as I get them scanned.
Oh, and I kept these scans as they looked, the sketchbook visible and no touch-ups, 'cuz I like how they look (okay, yes, I am sort of just skipping that part because I don't feel like doing it.. but I DO like seeing sketches in original form. The lighting is mostly close to the originals on these, too, as far as I wasn't working under a glaring desk lamp that would have washed it out; sometimes when I do some Photoshop lighting adjustment, it blasts out the little scratches and eraser marks that I think add character).
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Okay, so my brother and I traveled for two weeks after finishing our semester abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland.
I did in fact have my sketchbook with me, but I didn't do a ton of sketching. What I did do, I am currently putting all on one page (one page per section of the trip). This is the page for Florence, Italy (the place that we spent the most time, about four days, with a wonderful host and friend).
Most of those doodles are blind-contour drawings. I tried picking a colored-pencil to convey the mood of the place that I was when I decided to do the drawings. The phrase, "A guy kicked it" is referring to somebody kicking that glass bottle that I was drawing (it was the night before Labor Day, and there was MASSIVE celebration on the streets, so crowded that you had to push and shove your way through to get anywhere; and so glass bottles left on the ground would just get kicked around, sometimes breaking into pieces).
More to come soon of the other places, which yielded less sketches (perhaps because I felt more rushed in the other places, having only a day or two in Venice, Weimar, and Paris, as opposed to four in Florence. We visited London and Brighton at the start and end of our trips, but I felt too focused on scheduling and meeting friends at the start of the trip, and at the end, too tired :P ).
PS. Here is a link to the Flickr set (see bottom of paragraph), of more than 1300 photos, taken by both of us (see tags for who took which photo), from those two weeks traveling afterward. It includes photos of the 'sights/sites' that you're supposed to go see, plus a handful of more random, sometimes more blurry, shots of just walking around. Also a ton of photos of book covers and some shots inside books, as we spent a lot of time in bookstores, especially in the children's illustrated book sections. (We took home maybe a dozen books, mostly smaller. One of my favorite illustrators as a kid, Sven Nordquist, had a newer book that was pretty large in terms of length and width, but we decided we had to squeeze that one home, and so did. He was famous for the Festus and Mercury books, or known in their native place as Findus and Pettson. Here is a link to the book we got, which was not related to Findus and Pettson, but still extremely awesome in its level of detail and color on each page: http://www.amazon.com/ist-meine-Schwester-Sven-Nordqvist/dp/3789169404/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_9 )
And here's the link to the Flickr set I spake of above:
Sunday, April 10, 2011
13 days left. I am putting the finishing touches on finals. Booked a hostel in Paris for that leg of the journey after the semester ends. Trying to figure out exactly what numbers to dial when using my cell phone to call people in other countries. Going to print maps soon, of certain parts and areas of the planned trip, as well as the boarding passes. All this stuff I just mentioned has been good distraction material at times, because I'm entirely going to miss being here and being with the people I've gotten to know, and thinking about leaving all this can be kind of a downer.
Below are just some selections of photos from the past couple weeks. Kinda-sorta in chronological order. There are some shots of my artwork nearer to the bottom.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Being pretty sick at the moment, I thought I'd take some time to do some good old writing. Like usual, I don't know if I'll cover every last little thing, and I might forget some things. I guess I will do my best (and if I give up early on some descriptions, you can blame my cold, because yes, its reach is actually extending into my desire to stare at a computer screen for too long).