Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Art vomit...

The beginnings of my senior thesis. It started out as the skull drawing (see previous entry). I did the text in InDesign; it's basically the beginnings of an essay (proper citations are given). It discusses the concept of creativity as it relates to science. I drew the screw picture in sepia ink on washi paper (which is what the text is printed on). I used the process of chine coleƩ to put the elements together. However, the washi paper did not go on as transparently as I would have liked, so I drew over it to bring the skull back into the equation.

That disgusting glob spewing over the paper is glue. I used far too much and ruined the picture. Except no one thinks its ruined. It really bothers me, but since everyone seems to think it adds to the concept and composition, I guess I'll leave it there. I wanted to start over.

Take care.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Evolution of Skull

So, there you have it. The next step is to press the washi paper on top and make the collage.

Take care.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Back seat...

Happy Al on the Planet is going to have to take a backseat as I enter into the normal swing of things again. I have to get my screen printing stuff together, work on my thesis, do some research about chaos theory (no joke), clean up the apartment...

Happy Valentine's Day. I made some black and white red velvet cookies using a recipe I found here. Delicious!

Take care.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

You wagered...

...suck it Da Vinci. That was a slight SNL reference. And me being a jackass towards the greatest man who ever lived.

So, here's the beginnings of one of my senior show pieces. My thesis has a lot to do with the science of creativity, so there's a lot of head/skull/brain imagery. This is meant to recall Da Vinci's beautiful sketches. But, I'm going to add some text and a Rush reference. You wish I was joking!

Pastel pencil and conte crayon on paper.

Take care.

I care a lot...

A lot of people get down about Valentine's Day, but I like it. Mainly because of all the sweets. Anyway, I wanted to do a Valentine's piece (for whatever reason) and I came up with this very self indulgent image. My capacity to love isn't what it used to be, but it still exists for certain things and people.

There's references to The Little Prince, Lou Reed, and Doctor Who. Maybe even some Gorey. These are all things and people to love.


None of my work habits should be mimicked.

Take care.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

And you wagered...

Go Al-Da Vinci! Here's the beginning of one of my senior show pieces. My thesis has a lot to do with the science and psychology of creative thinking, so there's a lot of head/brain/skull imagery. This one will be...nice, I think.

Pastel pencil and conte crayon on paper.

Take care.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The 2010 Survey

I don't usually do this here, but my good friend at 52 Faces did it, and I want to be like her. :)

1. What is your occupation right now?
English tutor. I mainly work with ESL students.
2. What color are your socks right now?
3. What are you listening to right now?
I'm watching Persepolis; a beautiful film. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Irish inspired rock and folk music
4. What was the last thing that you ate?
Oddly enough, I also had mango salsa. And tortilla chips :3
5. Can you drive a stick shift?
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone:
Uhhh...probably the folks
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
Of course! She's so nice.
8 . How old are you today?
22; I can hardly believe it
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Uh...fencing, when I can catch it
10. What is your favorite drink?
Chocolate milk, hands down
11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
I used to highlight it red in high school; nowadays, I've been growing out to donate
12. Favorite food?
I gave up meat in mid July. As a vegetarian, I love aloo gobi and naan! Broccoli was, is, and always will be a favorite of mine.
13. What is the last movie you watched?
TMNT. I liked it, for what it was
14. Favorite day of the year?
Any day I don't have school and can fence
15. How do you vent anger?
Hm, getting beat up is always good; laughing can solve any anger problem
16. What was your favorite toy as a Child?
I really loved my stuffed animals; I've had Blizzard (white wolf) since I was 9. I still have my security blanket (Kiki); I've had him my entire life. I still have stuffed animals: Zander (pink puppy), Killer Rabbit (from Monty Python and the Holy Grail), Jackie (Jack Skelington), Rory (Rorschach doll), and Oz (wolf cub)
17. What is your favorite season?
I like 'em all
18. Cherries or Blueberries?
18. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back?
Like, in general? Yeah
19. Who is the most likely to respond?
20. Who is least likely to respond?
21. Living arrangements?
Crapshack apartment with my good friend and roomie Corrie
22. When was the last time you cried?
Sunday night; talking to my mother is the hardest thing I've ever done. It usually doesn't end well
23. What is on the floor of your closet?
Boxes and bags
24. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are tagging/sending this to?
No one, I guess
25. What did you do last night?
Watch movies and fall asleep. I know, I know; I need to slow down
26. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers?
Garden burger, please
27. What are you most afraid of?
Not being able to move on
28. What is your favorite kind of dog?
Big, fuzzy, drooly fellas! My dream, once I graduate, is to get a puppy. I tend to gravitate towards the livestock guarding breeds. Newfie pup, here I come!
29. Favorite day of the week?
Nowadays, it's Friday. No class means I can make the trip home and fence! :D
30. Diamonds or Pearls?
31. What is your favorite flower?
Hm...I really like African daisies. Poppies. Tulips. Magnolias. Fire lilies. Anything, really; flowers are so beautiful
32. What is your favorite blog to read and why?
Ah, there are many. Ecoillustration is a good one. I'm also particularly fond of thriftshophorrors and A Dog A Day. Ecoillustration is run by my former classmate Romina (she's graduated now); the art is beautiful and she tells you, the viewer, how to make green art projects. Hers always look beautiful, I have no idea how they would look if I tried. Thriftshophorros is always fun; definitely good for a laugh. A Dog A Day is about one of my favorite subjects and it is, literally, updated every day because Mr. JT is crazy. He's one of my former teachers and has been a big help and inspiration to me

Take care.