Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Hands down, the world's greatest complaint letter (with pictures).
Monday, April 5, 2010
1. Bunnies. As a child, bunnies were totally my thing. I was bunny crazy. These days, I still hold them dear to my heart. Especially this kind of bunnies (which definitely makes my list of Top Five Favorite Animals Ever).
2. Jelly Beans.
3. Dying eggs. My roommate extraordinaire and I created these little masterpieces. I am responsible for the top four (swirly blue/red, the owl, the paisley, and the swirly green/yellow to the right of "Jeff".) We jammed to Ray LaMontagne, Sufjan Stevens, listened to This American Life and had a ball.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
In order to alleviate the winter blues, and with the generous help of my parents' frequent flyer miles, I escaped to Molokai for a week and a half in February. After an obscene amount of time on three different airplanes, I landed in the tiny airport (see map) and was greeted by my goofy, welcoming parents.
We had fabulous adventures climbing seaside rocks, basking in the sun, hiking, biking, and I had my first flying lesson. I flew a small Cessna from Hana, Maui, to Kaulapapa (the leper colony on the north side of Molokai) and back to the itty bitty main Molokai airport. I took off and landed twice and I'm proud to say that I didn't kill anyone. Success!
Such a bad idea.
Gorgeous Molokai sea cliffs (note my arm's reflection!)
This is the "airport" on the Kaulapapa Leper Colony. Only 2% of commercial pilots are able to land on the first pass. I am both pleased and slightly disconcerted to report that I am better at landing than 98% of commercial pilots.
Gerald Ford (small plastic dinosaur extraordinaire) basked in the sunset.
Not only did I have an incredible reinvigorating adventure, I discovered where my creativity comes from. I handed a bit of clay to my dad and a few minutes later he had created this little guy. When asked what he is called, my dad replied, "Um..... Fartblossom!" Is the man a genius, or is he a genius?
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
I'm addicted to vintage tattoo inspired aesthetic, so much so that I made an entire tattoo-inspired wonderland.
This addiction is a little bit out of control, but I think after this one, it's out of my system.
Materials: artist's board. acrylic paint.
Friday, January 22, 2010
This is my monster. I don't recall the exact measurements of the canvas but I'm guessing it's 60"x48". This is the largest painting I have ever worked on. It's about 12xs the size of one of the twins. The female figure is based on the back of the Venus de Milo (an image that the commissioner mentioned as a favorite of his).
This painting was an exploration of various textures. Although it's difficult to tell in the pictures, the spotted areas of white on her back accentuate the crackle paste that I used. I wanted to contrast the smoothness of her lines and the nature curves of the female body with a rough surface covered with imperfections, cracks and deep fissures. I used a fan brush on the red/gold section to create a curious almost rake-like texture. It kind of looks like it was sponge painted. I watered down the acrylic paint and let it drip down the blue section. On the bottom third of the painting (water?), I used staccato arc-like movements to create a wavey texture. The white sections of the painting were done with white paint on a piece of cardboard that I carefully dragged around the canvas.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I recently started a class at the School of Visual Arts for animation in their Continuing Ed program. Other than a few pencil tests (zoetrope, pendulum, perspective), this is my first foray into the animation world. Our assignment was to cut out stuff from magazines and then play around with them to get a sense of timing and movement. This filmlette was handmade with magazine cut outs, 992 frames, an hour's worth of time and a touch of awesome. It's rough and kind of dumb, but I like it anyway. After I finished filming, I slapped a couple songs on to give it some pizazz. The first song is "Lenin" by Arcade Fire and the second is "This City's Summer" by The Honorary Title. (In no way do I have rights to aforementioned songs)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Each vintage tattoo inspired sparrow measures between 3-5 inches. The design of the birds is based on a stencil I saw quite some time ago and I don't remember where.
It turns out that this seemingly unassuming hoodie was a poor choice of an embroidery subject because: 1. The combination of the knitted fabric and thick screen-printed dots made any kind of marking on the fabric impossible. I had to freehand it entirely. 2. Trying to force a needle through those thick screen-printed dots resulted in some seriously sore fingers. In life and in craft, no pain, no gain, and since I'm pretty hardcore I conquered the dots and through that pain, gained a pair of sweet birdies.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
These paintings were not originally intended to be a part of the series. However, the friend who commissioned me wanted to have a painting night in which I was to teach him a few basics. I decided to teach him a quick and awesome technique involving cardboard and blobs of paint that I later employed on the city series. We sat down on his apartment floor with trash bags and newspaper spread out on his nice hardwood floors, put on Monster's Inc. and made masterpieces. At the end of the evening he asked me if there was any way he could add those to his collection because he loved them so much. I call them The Twins. They're quite small (8"x10"), but they're super charming.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This is the piece that directly replaced FAIL as the centerpiece. (24"x24")
And this is the piece in context of its series. (each side piece is 10"x24")
Sunday, September 6, 2009
When not stomping on Broadway or scaling skyscrapers, he fuels up on cupcakes. His favorite is from Billy's.