Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
i have been in love with stina persson (well, her illustrations,) for over two years now. she is definitely my favorite illustrator, along with egon schiele (who is actually a painter, but i kind of place him as a very very early illustrator). i almost had some sort of an internship with her company... almost....i had an employee of hers on the phone... last summer and i can't believe i couldn't really pursue it because of the rate of living in NYC. bummer. here is some of her stuff though, and i really hope i can start using some new methods to try and figure out how she does her stuff.
things i like about her work: fluid but in control, planned but seemingly not, saturated colors, dots, drips, use of negative space, embracing of the watercolor feel - not trying to hide the medium, and so many other things. you da bomb dot com, stina.
and i will leave you with a song. i probably listened to this album seven times in a row yesterday while working in the studio for over 12 hours.. still not tired of them. erlend oye for ya, good stuff.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
it's confusing when a class is constantly cancelled because of a professor's illness.. i want to be stoked for no lecture, but this means he has been sick for like a week now, and that's no good. well, i hope he gets better. in the meantime, i have an extra hour or so to get some work done and prepare for my presentation that i will give at approximately 11:30 today.
for my commercial modernism class, i have been researching Maynard Dixon, an illustrator who produced the majority of his work from 1910 through the 1940s. a lot of his beginning works were illustrations and paintings for advertisements, but later on he painted some fascinating landscapes and figures of the west that absolutely blow my mind.
for the time period that he was drawing and painting, his methods seem SO modern, it's unbelievable. i totally dig the graphic quality of all his stuff, and even the subject matter is really interesting. one of his childhood heroes was Frederic Remington, who was the best Western illustrator in the Golden Age of illustration. Dixon took most of his inspiration from him and from Charles Lummis, an editor he worked under at Land of Sunshine, who was a journalist and native american activist. Dixon created these gorgeous paintings of native americans and cowboys in order to express his pure love of the west.
what i also found really fascinating about Dixon was how he labeled his sketches. i began to notice this small kind of logo of a bird in a circle that appeared on most of his sketches (in the sketch below it is at the way bottom left).
i couldn't figure out what it meant, and it was only mentioned once in one of the books i was reading. i called the Thunderbird Foundation of the Arts (probably the location of the most art and information about Maynard Dixon) and asked a woman there about it. she told me he used the thunderbird as a kind of trademark for his work. the thunderbird was a legend of the native americans in the southwest and pacific west coast of this bird whose wings were so big they created the thunder when they flapped. this bird also controlled much of the weather, including rainfall. so it also had the power to produce a good or bad harvest. Perhaps Dixon used the mark as a symbol of power to add to his work, or maybe it was more of a tribute to the thunderbird to show his belief in the culture and constant admiration of its power. this has been a really great learning experience, and i'm glad i got to talk to someone about it first hand as well!
just for fun... a great new band im listening to, via Knox Road, a great blog to check out!
Monday, April 13, 2009
so i am in studio right now, about 30 minutes of class left. the last project we did in word and image was pretty cool. we each did four illustrations for an article about nuclear meltdowns. by using exaggerations and metaphors, people came up with some clever solutions. here are my illustrations, full page, then half page, and then spots.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
well i figured it would be a good idea to start a blog to just keep track of ideas and artists that i find interesting or inspirational so i have a place to look back to. it's kind of like an online diary type of thing, huh? i hope i can put music on here too.. i will have to do some more exploration soon. hooray!