Friday, August 31, 2012

Dreams & Reality

Dreams & Reality

Image one from Lovechild, a zine created by my good friend/ shrine idol Katherine and featuring art from my other good friends but not shrine idols Charlit Floriano, Melissa Chung and Carina Pudding

I had to do an image loosely based off the book After Dark by Haruki Murakami (like, really loosely based). What Katherine really wanted was a feeling of dreams and reality merging together since the book is based on these two sisters, one who is in a coma dream state, and how the difference between reality and dreams blur throughout the story. I've never read the book, but I really should now.

Overall I'm pretty proud of myself, simply for the fact that I never do any sort of landscape/ backgrounds so as a first attempt it's not bad. The picture really shows my technical limits though since I wanted to put more detail into the buildings but a mixture of time constraints, inability and frustration left them pretty basic. And I used the liquidation tool for the fist time and idk if that's not kosher or not but I thought it turned out pretty cool. Hopefully this picture will push me to do some backgrounds since they really do add a whole other level of emotion and value to your picture (that was BS, man whatever).

On the left, my three ideas for the project. I liked the middle on the best, but the last one fit the idea better. Can you tell I wasn't exactly comfortable with the third idea? And to your right was my initial idea, but through Katherine's advice and my brothers... ya, I scrapped the shadow dudes and MERGED THEIR HEADS. So much creepier.

I'll post my second image after tonight because... I have work and driving -u- St. Vincent on my playlist all day long.

Just have the whole Purity Ring album w/e.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sarah Dee

Sarah Dee the Beard Queen
8" x 7"
Canson Mi-Teintes paper on Canson Mi-Teintes board 

My camera did not do justice on the background colour :( It's a bit more vibrant and less of a pale olive colour. 
For the summer art challenge at my workplace we had to do a portrait of one of our coworkers in a certain style or technique. I was given Miss Sarah Dee and paper cutting, and seriously paper cutting is really hard. My supervisor lent me a book all about modern day paper cutout artists and the work they produce is mind boggling! It's a totally different way of working for me, usually I plan the basic picture then build it up as I go but for this I had to really plan it all out from the beginning. The result is really amazing too, the feeling of holding this lacy piece of artwork you spent hours cutting out is thrilling! And they look so good once they're framed, my gosh.

Close-ups and mandatory low-side-view pictures.

My final image done on photoshop before cutting the paper.

I'm going to try and make some more cutouts through the year, I want to incorporate them into some paintings and see what I can do with them. One of the most frustrating and rewarding projects I've done in awhile. If you guys want to see it in real life drop by the Oakville Curry's any time, it's hanging up there somewhere waiting for your eyes!