Saturday, May 31, 2008

Boredom to Babies

Who is this guy? I don't know, but I enjoyed his chin wrinkles and decided to draw him.
Above is a modified drawing of my sister's baby, the IF submission is about babies so why not. Boredom with a mixture of escalated television viewing made the below drawing possible. Evan Almighty was on when I was drawing it, so you can tell how bored I was.
I'm in the process of bringing back a high school comic character, and it was like second nature drawing and composing again. Below is a bird that came out well, from a rough draft of the story.
After a couple pages of bringing the bottled up ideas to life again, this character spawned. Some of the design elements are very pleasing, like the repetition of the circles and vertical lines.
The comic is going to be web based and I'll make sure its very appealing to the eyes and brain. When more info comes together I'll post it. Take care friends!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Shot of Inspiration in Orlando

I got a awesome note in the mail from my Aunt Linda, basically making my dreams come true. After a discussion about Norman Rockwell on Mothers Day, she then let me know of an exhibit in Orlando and catered to practically all the expenses. We stayed at the Florida Mall Hotel for 2 days and below is Black Angus Room service.
Here is the museum located in beautiful Lock Haven.

I couldn't take pictures inside the exhibit, too many security guards(managed a couple).
Here are two Rauschenbergs
Chuck Close and another Rauschenberg
The Problem We All Live With looked like it had actual gravel in the paint (sidewalk) and the cement wall behind her is beautifully textured.
The Art Critic, on the actual palette, the colors are just clumps of paint.
Seeing these works was pure joy and provided a great inspiration boost. Norman Rockwell went out of his way to create the best works possible and had an incredible work ethic (7 days a week/8-5pm)
Again, thanks to my Aunt Linda for making this possible.
Now its time to raise the bar...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Flowers of Death

Hello friends, I just finished Flowers of Death, and excited about showing it later this year. I have another similar picture in progress (different arrangment, same premise) and will post that when it becomes available.Click on the main Picture, to see the details.
Hope you enjoy, and take care.
(wide wrapping)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rauschenberg dies

Robert Rauschenberg has been an influence to me and a lot of my former colleagues. He was a great pioneer and had that very distinctive style all his own. He will be missed. Below is an article from AP that tells more about our icon.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Robert Rauschenberg, whose use of odd and everyday articles earned him a reputation as a pioneer in pop art but whose talents spanned the worlds of painting, sculpture and dance, has died, his gallery representative said Tuesday. He was 82.

Rauschenberg died Monday, said Jennifer Joy, his representative at PaceWildenstein gallery in New York.

Rauschenberg, who first gained fame in the 1950s, didn't mine popular culture wholesale as Andy Warhol did with Campbell's soup cans and Roy Lichtenstein did with comic books.

Instead, his "combines," incongruous combinations of three-dimensional objects and paint, shared pop's blurring of art and objects from modern life.

He also responded to his pop colleagues and began incorporating up-to-the-minute photographed images in his works in the 1960s, including, memorably, pictures of John F. Kennedy.

Among Rauschenberg's most famous works was "Bed," created after he woke up in the mood to paint but had no money for a canvas. His solution was to take the quilt off his bed and use paint, toothpaste and fingernail polish.

Not to be limited by paint, Rauschenberg was a sculptor and choreographer and even won a 1984 Grammy Award for best album package for the Talking Heads album "Speaking in Tongues."

"I'm curious," he said in 1997 in one of the few interviews he granted in later years. "It's very rewarding. I'm still discovering things every day."

Rauschenberg's more than 50 years in art produced a varied and prolific collection that that filled both Manhattan locations of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum during a 1998 retrospective.

Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes, in his book "American Visions," called Rauschenberg "a protean genius who showed America that all of life could be open to art. ... Rauschenberg didn't give a fig for consistency, or curating his reputation; his taste was always facile, omnivorous, and hit-or-miss, yet he had a bigness of soul and a richness of temperament that recalled Walt Whitman."

Rauschenberg split his time between New York and Captiva Island in Florida, where he kept a house stocked with his own art and those of his friends.

"I like things that are almost souvenirs of a creation, as opposed to being an artwork," he said in a 1997 Harper's Bazaar interview, "because the process is more interesting than completing the stuff."

He studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1947. He later took his studies to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he studied under master Josef Albers, and alongside contemporary artists such as choreographer Merce Cunningham and musician John Cage. He also studied at the Art Students League in New York City.

Rauschenberg first paintings in the early 1950s comprised a series of all-white and all-black surfaces under laid with wrinkled newspaper. In later works he began making art from what others would consider junk — old soda bottles, traffic barricades, and stuffed birds and calling them "combine" paintings.

One of Rauschenberg's first and most famous combines was entitled "Monogram," a 1959 work consisting of a stuffed angora goat, a tire, a police barrier, the heel of a shoe, a tennis ball, and paint.

By the mid-1950s, he was also designing sets and costumes for dance companies and window displays for Tiffany and Bonwit Teller.

He met Jasper Johns in 1954. He and the younger artist, both destined to become world famous, became lovers and influenced each other's work. According to the book "Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists," Rauschenberg told biographer Calvin Tomkins that "Jasper and I literally traded ideas. He would say, `I've got a terrific idea for you,' and then I'd have to find one for him."

Born Milton Rauschenberg in 1925 in Port Arthur, Texas, and raised a Christian fundamentalist, Rauschenberg wanted to be a minister but gave it up because his church banned dancing.

"I was considered slow," he once said "While my classmates were reading their textbooks, I drew in the margins."

He was drafted into the U.S. Navy during World War II and knew little about art until a chance visit to an art museum where he saw his first painting at age 18. He drew portraits of his fellow sailors for them to send home.

When his time in the service was up, Rauschenberg used the GI bill to pay his tuition at art school. He changed his name to Robert because it sounded more artistic.

In recent years he founded the organization Change Inc., which helps struggling artists pay medical bills.

"I don't ever want to go," he told Harper's when asked about dying. "I don't have a sense of great reality about the next world; my feet are too ugly to wear those golden slippers. But I'm working on my fear of it. And my fear is that something interesting will happen, and I'll miss it."


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Quick Sketch, Norman Rockwell and Status

Since my birthday (May 2nd),
I've been dedicating a lot of my time to drums and GTA4, but try to squeeze out a sketch or two, just to keep it real. Above is a sketch of Erica sleeping (big surprise) and was inspired by a book I got about Norman Rockwell (Best of Norman Rockwell, by Tom Rockwell). So many good things are in that book, this part is awesome...
This quote of Norman Rockwell really says it all and is easy to identify with, and here is a super cool drawing of My Studio Burns..
Since this book is by one of his sons, there are tons of unpublished illustrations and studies in it.
If interested in the book, I got it here

In conclusion, I'm working on a painting called Butthole Snaps and will also post a pic of a highly detailed ink drawing of some flowers.
Take care friends!