I just want her to stop staring at me.

I just want her to stop staring at me.

November 19 2013, 06:41 PM   •   1 note
An illustration of my poor printmaking skills.  Also, I don’t like brown.

An illustration of my poor printmaking skills.  Also, I don’t like brown.

November 19 2013, 06:36 PM   •   1 note

Not art, but today is ramentic’s birthday and I miss her so much.  I’m terrible when it comes to birthday messages (if I felt less maybe I could say more), but thank you so much for being the best, kindest, and truest friend in the world.  Thank you for being your badass self, for the amazing worlds and beautiful words in your head, for being the best at taking any stupid crits I dish out, for understanding me when I’m super grumpy, for going along with my ridiculous sense of humor, for being brave for me even across state lines, and for praying for me more times than I can count.  You are a lovely lady and I am so proud to call you my kindred spirit.  

Apologies for webcammy quality and for the fact that you will never be able to unsee T’s special “you haz a birfhday!” face.  

August 28 2013, 10:22 PM   •   2 notes

I think I might actually be getting better at seeing values. These are in order from oldest to newest (top left to bottom).  I’m still just using only four values but I think I’ve gotten better at the process of discovering smaller sections of value.  In the beginning I just squinted and tried to block everything in as simply as possible, whereas now I try a bit harder to see what values behind the main value are making it show up so well.  It has made me smash my head on my keyboard more times than one, but getting it right is magical.

Still have to work on getting proportions right, though.  Anyway, crits welcome.

I didn’t want to hijack Noah’s tag with this stuff, but after giving it a cursory glance I don’t think he’d mind too much.  I hope.

August 19 2013, 09:54 AM   •   3 notes
Taking my own advice and playing around with some new materials + posting the disasters on tumblr.  Eye study a la David Kassan.  (Haphazardly attempted by looking at this video.  He makes it look SO EASY. *weeps softly*)   It took around 10 - 20 minutes.  I’ve been obsessed with his portraits for a while but I could never figure out how he built up such wonderful form with only black charcoal, white chalk, and midtone paper.  So I attempted it, and yes, it is as difficult as I thought it would be, but I got the gist and I can’t wait to do more detailed studies really soon.

Taking my own advice and playing around with some new materials + posting the disasters on tumblr.  Eye study a la David Kassan.  (Haphazardly attempted by looking at this video.  He makes it look SO EASY. *weeps softly*)   It took around 10 - 20 minutes.  I’ve been obsessed with his portraits for a while but I could never figure out how he built up such wonderful form with only black charcoal, white chalk, and midtone paper.  So I attempted it, and yes, it is as difficult as I thought it would be, but I got the gist and I can’t wait to do more detailed studies really soon.

August 12 2013, 07:01 PM   •   4 notes

After My Hat: Art Blocks & Fodder for Castles 

Since I am currently going through the mental block of the century (courtesy of a two month long hiatus from art in general) I figured now would be the best time to make a record of how to get over art blocks…or at least, how I do it.  I realize that what I’m saying here is nothing new and that better artists than I have said these things, but I’m from a generation that works out their existential crises in public (the internet).  So obviously I had to record this for posterity, and maybe for the few people who haven’t obsessively read as many art and self-help blogs as I have.  I hesitated to speak with any authority on this, but then I remembered how many times I’ve been through this song and dance, and that oddly comforts me … a realization which brings me to the first step in getting over art block:

1.  Realize it is never permanent - unless you make it so.  Art blocks come in two flavors - “Lack of Inspiration” and “Rusty.”  I’ll mostly be addressing the latter, since that is what I’m dealing with right now. Art block - or Rusty Skills - is an intimidating combination of a lack of hand-eye coordination, an iron grip on the idea of perfection, and the desire for instant gratification.  Each of these aspects, taken separately, would be easier to combat than the combined three.  Perfection prevents you from creating the failures that are necessary and natural for effective practicing, and a desire for instant gratification keeps you from ever achieving anything of quality.
     The way to fix this is to realize that creativity blocks are not your entire art career. They will come and go, and a lot of great artists will admit to having created a huge amount of art that they hate. The idea is to never. ever. stop. drawing.

     * Practical advice:  Go over the basics. Simple life drawings are wonderful, as are copies from master paintings.  At first, don’t practice anything too difficult (eg. moving objects or still life objects with a lot of details), and just acknowledge the fact that you are a little rusty, but that with patience you’ll get better in no time.   

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August 09 2013, 02:25 PM   •   5 notes
Updating this thing for my own sanity.  This is basically half of what I’m working on right now (the rest of the stuff being studies and traditional things), but I’m hoping to get the majority of this done this week.  No wait, I promise it.  Even that impossible still life that I started before I moved.

Updating this thing for my own sanity.  This is basically half of what I’m working on right now (the rest of the stuff being studies and traditional things), but I’m hoping to get the majority of this done this week.  No wait, I promise it.  Even that impossible still life that I started before I moved.

July 30 2013, 11:56 AM   •   3 notes

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/42372767?color=ffffff” width=”500” height=”375” frameborder=”0” webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/42372767”>Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/uartsphilly”>The University of the Arts (Phl)</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

So my sister has been angsting over not finding the right bathing suit (she loves vintage bottoms and more fitted tops, so I decided to design her dream swimming suit.  This is what happened.  I don&#8217;t know where the paper plane came from. 

So my sister has been angsting over not finding the right bathing suit (she loves vintage bottoms and more fitted tops, so I decided to design her dream swimming suit.  This is what happened.  I don’t know where the paper plane came from. 

July 04 2013, 11:51 PM   •   4 notes
jennathings:

aftermyhat:

Selfie.  Graphite on Canson sketchbook. Note to self: use smooth paper/texture next time

I just received one of the most touching and humbling messages I have ever gotten in my life, and I got it from this lady - and as I am incapable of forming actual sentences in direct response, here’s a reblog.
(Two years and you’re doing art like this!! Good lord!!!)

Oh my gosh.  Jenna reblogged my art.  Now I&#8217;m the one that is speechless. I&#8217;m going to be grinning for days. 

jennathings:

aftermyhat:

Selfie.  Graphite on Canson sketchbook. Note to self: use smooth paper/texture next time

I just received one of the most touching and humbling messages I have ever gotten in my life, and I got it from this lady - and as I am incapable of forming actual sentences in direct response, here’s a reblog.

(Two years and you’re doing art like this!! Good lord!!!)

Oh my gosh.  Jenna reblogged my art.  Now I’m the one that is speechless. I’m going to be grinning for days. 

May 29 2013, 10:27 AM   •   7 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE