Friday, March 25, 2011

Photo: A "Chipper" Stump

A photo I took of a cute smiley face drawn on an interesting-looking stump with charcoal at a small beach near the Mississippi. A friend, a sibling and I all went down to the beach and ended up making this, if memory serves, but I can't remember which of us drew it. It's still cute though!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Drawing: Flabby Cheeks - Initial Sketch, Reminiscing

I just dug up a photo of the original concept sketch for my lithographic print, Flabby Cheeks, featured below alongside it for comparison. (Sorry it's so blotchy, the graphite got smeared over time and the paper became all wrinkly and caught the light when I took the picture)

I remember drawing it in my papermaking class while the teacher gave a demonstration. I had the image already so perfectly planned in my mind that I didn't need to draw it more than once: it just flowed out and took form. As you can see if you look below, the final print of it looks pretty much identical to the sketch, besides some small changes in detail.

I have an odd sort of fondness for this piece, after all this time, even though it really isn't popular with other people. Maybe because it's a pretty odd and unique idea, or because it all kind of fell into place without much fuss, I just really like it. I hope I have more dreams that lend themselves so easily to artistic portrayal sometime.

Sketches From Life: Batch 2


Some more recent sketches that are of myself (the first two pictures) as well as some classmates and teachers and random people from around the university. I love studying the human form, so when I'm bored, need something to do with my hands, or am just in the mood, I'll often draw people. These are some of the sketches that got far along - there are also plenty littering my notebooks that I didn't finish because my subject moved or shifted. Geez, why can't people just hold still when I'm secretly drawing them?

Sketches from Life: Batch 1

A bunch of sketches of people and objects, just trying to capture and portray their lines, textures, postures, details etc. These ones are all a bit old, so I'm posting them before some of my more recent sketches.

Poem: A Cat, a Moment, a Flicker of Light

A poem that began to stew in my brain while cat-sitting for a friend one evening.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Animation: Pop Culture Supers - The Polysemic Protector vs. Dr. Essentialism

A relatively short, rather silly animated story created to get extra credit in my class about Pop Culture. The prompt was to create superhero characters based on concepts that we'd been learning about in class, and I was inspired by Polysemy, Essentialism and Signification to create this super hero, villain and sidekick. Apparently, it also works pretty well with the Modernism and Postmodernism as well, since the teacher read into it in regards to them and got very excited.