I distinctly remember a project from first grade. We were supposed to pick a profession, illustrate it, and describe why we wanted to grow up to do whatever it was that the job entailed. The garden variety choices were all accounted for by my classmates, but I was convinced I wanted to be a botanist. Clearly that didn't pan out, but you have to admit it was an interesting choice for a first grader. A lot of my interests are still the same today.
I think I've identified that fungus from last week as well. It's definitely a type of bracket fungus (shelf fungus), probably Trametes versicolor also known as Turkey Tail. There will be at least one fabric collage of the stuff sometime soon. The process work for that is sitting on my drawing table right now.
I keep finding more and more inspiration in the Blue Hills.
I have a few ideas for bodies of work that I want to explore through woodcuts, paintings, and fabric collages. I've completed two sketches that will lead to woodcut posters in the next month. Printing them will be it's own challenge unless I can come up with a way to print a reasonable number without resorting to a metal spoon. I'm not a big fan of hand printing woodblocks.
I really can't express how much I'm looking forward to carving these. Carving woodblocks is just plain meditative. Printing them on the other hand is practically magic.
Changes to the website will take a lot of planning, but I have a general idea of what needs to change. I liked the style and color scheme when I had different aspirations for it. Now I know it needs to be brighter and a lot less uptight. It needs to tie in better with the work I'll be featuring on it.
Look out for more artwork and changes to the site. It will all happen in due time.
To be honest, I haven't made much of anything since I graduated.
The past few months have been especially trying for me, but I feel like I'm coming out the other side of them a little better for my efforts. I've found a renewed interest in the outdoors which has led me to some decisions about where I want to set my sights for the rest of my 20s.
Since I've always found it easier to commit to my ambitions when I tell others about them, here they are laid out in plain English.
Starting today, this blog will be active a minimum of once per week. Each update will include content. A painting, woodcut, sketch, poem, couplet... it can be anything as long as it leads me to creating more artwork in the year 2014.
Overhaul my website by Summer's end. New galleries, new blog posts, new layout. The works.
Get outside. For the past two and a half years I've spent almost equal amounts of time gaming as I have sleeping. I'll always be a gamer, but it's time to put it back in perspective with the rest of my life.
Pursue a career that allows me to be an outdoorsman.
A watercolor sketch of some fungus I found in the Blue Hills. 90% sure it's Trametes versicolor also known as Turkey Tail.
As a teaser for future content, the picture is a sketch for one of a number of works I plan to do in the coming months. I have the perfect opportunity right now to create a gallery of seasonal works. I can think of no better time to start than Spring.
Another theme in the works is fanart for The Secret World, the game that consumed me for much of the past few years. There are countless reasons that it sucked me in as much as it did. Creating artwork to reflect my experiences in the game is going to be my way of reclaiming some of that spent time. "Spent", not "lost."
Think of this as my attempt to do a little spring cleaning for my outlook on life.
I'm looking forward to sharing these changes, so be sure to check back soon.
The End of the Beginning
posted: June 3, 2011
I graduated a few weeks ago, and have been trying to get settled back into my home studio space. I have far too much stuff. Hopefully in the next week or two I can get properly settled in and have enough room to get back to work. At the moment I have alot of ideas, and nowhere to really work on them without making my studio even messier than it already is.
I don't think I properly appreciated my studio at school until now.
I'm done! With Illustration at MassArt that is.
Thanks to all the people who came out to review our portfolios, and special thanks to Diane Cassidy, Nicole Tamarin and Jennifer Mason for reviewing mine.
Portfolio Open House is on tuesday next week in the Bakalar Gallery. I'll be sharing a table with Kat Cuseo, my studiomate of the last two years.
Last week, this week, and next week are all about painting from a model in my watercolor class.
I've discovered that the pieces I like the best are the ones I do the fastest. They tend to have more emotion when they're finished.
I've been doing some more watercolor stuff lately, this is one that I had the time to scan (although it needs to be re-scanned due to some blurred portions).
I reused my sketch for Country Air to do this study. I like it as an illustration, but it's more like gouache than watercolor. I'll probably do it again more transparently.
Lightening has won an award and will be in the All School Show Awards Show. The reception starts at 6:30pm this thursday in the President's Gallery at MassArt. I'll be accepting my award in person sometime after 7pm.
I can't remember the last time I won something. I entered the All School Show simply because I spent so much time on that series, and wanted to get as much life out of it as possible. The really great thing is that I have postcards of it that I can give out as well, though I'd rather give them out in sets as a whole series (I might do just that).
Business cards yesterday, postcards today... and I'm still expecting to see the Fedex guy a couple more times this week.
They're 4x6, and the backs are designed so that I can either send them out to art directors and potential clients, give them to people who are interested in my work, or sell them blank to be used by other people (how postcards were intended to be used).
I'm slightly less pleased with the print quality this time, but they're still good. The business cards have much richer looking black than the postcards, and I think the saturation could have been a bit higher as well. For the price, I can't complain too much.
My drawing table is a bit of a mess from doing some watercolor experiments with poured paint.