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Archive for 2007

Comprehensive Online Portfolio

I've spent part of my break putting together a comprehensive online portfolio that includes images of recent artwork. The portfolio can be viewed here and can be accessed from the portfolio area of my website. Check it out when you get a chance! Online portfolio

Latest web design now live: UrbanMensch.com

Urban Mensch website screenshotAmong the many activities in my insanely busy life, I've been working as a contractor for an awesome gallery software company called Masterpiece Manager. If you're an artist or gallery in need of inventory software, I highly recommend their product! Star's website uses Masterpiece. My latest project with Masterpiece has been a lot of fun and the client has been wonderful to work with. The products offered on her site are top of the line Judaic art and gifts. We went live yesterday, and the site can be seen on UrbanMensch.com. Check it out when you have a chance!

Media Diary Conclusions: Making Art

A number of my entries in my media diary center on the theme of making art. (In fact, a number of my entries are the art pieces themselves.) Art and the process of making art (digitally or traditionally) are themes that consistently appear in my life, regardless of whether I’m forced to write in a media diary or not. What sparked this theme this time have been the images I’ve made for my digital art class. They are images that I’ve worked hard to render the final results for. It has undoubtedly made me ask some questions about the process of making art with a computer and the difference I feel from making art in the traditional, non-digital methods. These questions have led me to some predictable and some surprising thoughts that I’ve found to ring true for me: (your own experiences may be different…)
  1. Figure drawing nude backMaking art with a computer is a results-driven process. It is about the final image. This contrasts with what originally drew me to make art initially. Drawing, printmaking, and sculpture are not necessarily about the results (though getting a good image is always a nice bonus) – but about the process itself. Drawing is more about seeing and observing than about getting an exact representation on paper. Sculpture is about playing with mud. And printmaking – well, I just love the smell of ink, the feel of good 100% rag paper, and turning that press.
  2. What I see on the computer is NOT always what I get, as in: “Wow that looked sooo good on the monitor but what the heck happened to the mid-range???” It’s a frustrating struggle to reconcile what I see on the monitor with the final 2-dimensional tangible result on paper. I experienced that frustration with my final print project.
  3. The marks made with a computer are usually a reflection of the results I am after and a good indication of how well I know the application. The marks made with drawing, painting, and sculpture are usually a reflection of my current state of mind. A confident line is markedly different from a hesitant one.
  4. Making art with a computer is usually a solitary process. Contrary to popular stereotypes, there are a number of traditional media that lend themselves to working among peers. Printmaking is a wonderful example. Many printmakers who don’t own their own press will usually join a print studio, where working in a group is common. Camaraderie is what I miss the most. Drawing from life is another example. Most artists will draw with groups and though most of the time is spent concentrating on drawing, those breaks can lead to some pretty interesting conversations. When was the last time you made digital art in a group? (Lab time in class does not count!)
  5. It’s much easier to carry a sketch book than a computer regardless of how light the laptop is. Because after all, what happens when the battery dies and there are no electric outlets in the middle of the campground?
  6. Computers make me swear. A LOT!
  7. I really miss making art the traditional way.

Media Diary Entry: Pacing the Cage

My final print project was to develop a concept based on text of our own choosing. Our goal was to illustrate the text but to make the print stand on its own merit. I chose lyrics by one of my favorite songwriters, Bruce Cockburn. The song is called Pacing the Cage and is one of my all-time favorites. It begins with these lines:
Sunset is an angel weeping Holding out a bloody sword No matter how I squint I cannot Make out what it's pointing toward Sometimes you feel like you live too long Days drip slowly on the page You catch yourself Pacing the cage
And here is my visual interpretation: Pacing the Cage (Click on the image to see a LARGE version.) And here is Bruce Cockburn's song on YouTube with not so very good photography but it's worth listening to the song!

Media Diary Entry – Diemos in the Sky with Catnip (or High)

My relationship with my computer has been quite exciting with my recent Photoshop projects. These most recent pieces have shown a merging of my "old media" and "new media" training. Here are four versions of what I call: Diemos in the Sky with Catnip (or High) (Yes, this cat is a real cat.) Diemos in the Sky with Catnip Diemos in the Sky with Catnip #2 Diemos in the Sky with Catnip #3 Diemos in the Sky with Catnip #4