Tuesday, January 12, 2010


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My parody of Andy Warhol's Cambell's soup can painting. I call it "My Dinner with Andy". My concept with taking a parody and making a parody of that. This was the piece that ended up in the BFA exhibition at UW-Milwaukee.

My tribute to Korean hip-hop group Epik High (check them out at map the soul ). I think they have some interesting perspectives on what the soul is, and some of their music is kind of deep so I wanted to do this in appreciation of their work.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

I have discovered the joys of printmaking! Hurrah I guess for the Peck School of the Arts forcing me to take classes outside my major.

Our first project was making a woodblock print. Using the first letter of our first or last name we came up with an adjective and made a design. There aren't many "j" adjectives so I went for "jolly". I did a little research (read: Wikipedia) on the Jolly Roger and came up with some interesting stuff. I didn't really know what I was doing when I was carving so the design is a bit simple, but I like it overall. Given another chance I'd a) change up the line thickness and b) buy not crappy tools.

Still, all-in-all very fun. Looking forward to our next project.


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I could be using my class-time wisely by taking diligent notes... or I could draw silly sketches.


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Saturday, August 08, 2009
Just some random sketches. Clearly need to scan some more. Also, you know, draw more. It's been a slow summer for art (shame on me!).


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I found some old artwork the other day. I really like these pieces. If I remember right we used charcoal and then erasers to bring out the highlights.

I need to try this technique again. Suppose I'll have to start going to Friday Night drawing sessions on campus since I don't have to take anymore drawing classes.


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Thursday, April 30, 2009
I'm working on a series for my Painting final right now. It's sort of impromptu painting/unaware collaboration. I'm taking paintings that students have abandoned that my prof still has. Then I'm painting over them, but I'm leaving parts of the original paintings showing.

As for the impromptu part... one of my goals for the semester was not to think too hard. I get worked up/worried over how projects to turn out. It's more fun just to let things happen.

So for one I'm painting over using one of my favorite webcomics - Penny Arcade - as inspiration. Twisp and Catsby are two of the best non-sequitur characters ever. Here I'm using their first appearance (check out the comic

Still a bit to do, but I'm happy with it so far. I can't wait to finish it.

Twisp & Catsby are  © 1998-2009 Penny Arcade, Inc.

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Friday, April 24, 2009
Geez I haven't posted in awhile.

This is from my last project. I wish I had ended it at this stage. It was the most successful figure I ended up doing. Maybe I'll redo it on a smaller canvas.

My current painting. Maybe I should call it a collaboration? The painting underneath was someone else's. Our first project this semester was to take a piece someone else had done, flip it upside down, and create a painting. It ended up being my best one so far, so I'm re-using the concept for my final project. I picked up about 5 or 6 abandoned paintings from my prof's office to use for a series.

I'm trying not to think too hard about this. I think that's one of my problems. I think too hard and worry too much. I guess I'm sort of doing impromtu painting. We'll see how the rest turn out.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Working on a painting for class right now. We're supposed to take an old master's painting and redo it using a contemporary artist's style. So I went with Seurat's "Sunday On The Island of La Grande Jatte" using Scott Anderson's style.

So not done yet *sigh* I guess I'm doing another abstract-ish painting which is a nice change. I think I could get into that genre with some practice. I can't do realism. I can do pseudo-realism I guess?

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