Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Here are a few sketches of a new character for the fairytale piece. There was a brief (two weeks or so) hiatus on fairytale work due to the public art project sketches, but now I'm back at it and still enjoying the work. This character is based on the stereotypical pulp character or sideshow magician. I've decided to call him Manifesto. I think an exclamation mark should probably always appear after his name.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The fairytale project is still going, though I'm taking my time developing the characters and experimenting with some new medium techniques with backgrounds. There's a truly excellent book called "We Are the Ship" by a man named Kadir Nelson. The book is about the Negro Leagues in baseball and the illustrations are humbling. They make me want to do what I do better. So, inspired by Kadir Nelson, I'm attempting to produce something I can be proud of, even years from now. The following sketches are all preliminary character concepts.
I have a folder on my desktop called "Post". I place files in it temporarily to remind myself to put them up on the blog. The problem is that I sometimes forget there are files in it. I did this piece for "The Boise Weekly" months ago. The article dealt with land set aside for a wild sheep preserve.
This was a birthday present for my girlfriend (it was done weeks ago but I had to keep a lid on it for the obvious reason and because I wanted her permission before I posted it). She's a fan of vintage clothing, so the dresses are all period (some Jackie O, some Audrey Hepburn, some general 1950s dresses, etc.). After drawing them out by hand, I printed them and spray mounted them to sheet magnet. The result was a hit. I loved the way it turned out. More importantly, though, so did she.
I'm beginning to feel as if I have some sort of blogging disorder. It says on my dashboard that I last posted on April 16th. It's now May 10th and I'm about to post a lot of work. Fasting for that long and then binging can't be healthy, but there's an explanation: several of the following posts had to be kept under wraps for various reasons. So, without further ado...
This set is a series of drawings and sketches done for a public art proposal in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. I'm working on the project with a friend of mine. Each of us conceived of an idea and we were both going to submit, but for the sake of time (or a lack thereof), I decided we should axe mine and focus on one proposal.
The piece is a mobius strip. Mathematically, it's a shape with only one surface. Coeur d' Alene's history is fairly cyclical with regard to its economy and a few other facets, so the mobius seemed an appropriate approach. The idea was also born of a desire to make manifest the conflation of engineered and natural environments in Cd'A.