Here’s an art challenge to everyone: get better at self portraits. Here are the rules: Time limit is 15 minutes. Paper size is sketchbook size (roughly letter size). Sketchbook must be held in hand while standing up, looking into mirror. Use only a pencil and an eraser (nothing fancy). Start with toned paper which does not count … Continue reading self portrait practice
Here are photos of the album art for HAIL, which will one day be a print edition included with the album.
photochemicals doing their best to set on an unexpectedly overcast day
after washing out, the hail logo getting an extra dose of UV
first test print in one color
components of an artwork A work of art has been fully realized when an artist actively participates in the actions of creating, shaping, and framing. When only one or two actions have been done, this only means that the artwork is not as fully realized as it could be. creating Since ideas can exist independently of … Continue reading definition of art 2015-01-06
The nature of my involvement in this project has changed for the better. Putting my graphic design skills to use, I am now one of 3 typesetters for the project, and will be creating the diagrams which participants receive upon signup. I consider this to be a great honor and am privileged to have found a way to … Continue reading torah stitch by stitch typesetting
This post should explain the images I’ve been posting on Instagram tagged with #torahstitchbystitch. I am part of the Torah Stitch by Stitch project, a global effort to create a cross-stitch embroidered copy of the Torah (the 5 books of Moses). Posting daily images of my progress keeps me from slacking off and hopefully will … Continue reading torah stitch by stitch
check out those shadows
The circle of fifths is a music theory model several hundred years old which describes the relationships between diatonic scales. It can be seen as an illustration of infinite chord progressions. Sphere of Fifths uses the idea of infinite knots to represent musical cycles, and uses pentagonal knot designs of varying complexity to bring the music theory model into 3 dimensions. When the light source is changed to different angles, shadows from the opaque parts of the glass recombine in complex shadows; the viewer of the piece gets to decide on some of its content by taking this into consideration.
The piece appears to be held together tenuously, the same way a motive in a good piece of music will hold everything together without having to overshadowing things. The wood and strings are reminiscent of orchestra instruments. The knots themselves are similarly suggestive, and not directly representative of a circle of fifths diagram.
great with any background
ready to set sail
the rough draught with a thumbs up from the artist
This piece was donated to the KJDS‘s 2014 fundraising event, Some Enchanted Evening.
before the show
opening is reception friday, february 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Fountain City Art Center. I’m hoping to win a little cash. I just have one piece and yes I have gone insane and made a circular piece of art.
background Students who graduated around the millennium from Carson-Newman College [sic] were invited to submit recent works for a show to coincide with the university’s 2013 homecoming. The purpose of writing so much about this piece is mainly to explain my artwork to the other people in the show, since it was done partly for … Continue reading proof
I made a 3d bitmap word for my dad for his birthday. This will show you how to make your own. The process isn’t difficult but there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Planning First, choose a word you want to make a 3d bitmap version of. Write it out … Continue reading 3d bitmap letters
The idea was to end up with a glitchy way of capturing images which would show the ghostly depth of 3-d objects scanned on a flatbed scanner. I cut some clear acrylic sheets and made a tank using my old scanner as the base. The tank was then filled with water to allow things to … Continue reading comp tank
This is a ceramic tile. The antlers are jawbones from a groundhog (possibly?).
This was my product from an assignment I gave my class, which was basically:
Make a 3″ x 6″ x 1/4″ tile with a face on it. The face must project out from the tile (as opposed to being scratched in).
LASERs for added awesome
When photographing this, I used LASER beams to light up the eyes. That’s why there are two versions of each angle. And that’s why it’s awesome.
In order to help sell my old house, I whipped up a little WP site full of photos of the place. I’m not really sure exactly why, but I made a QR code drawing / painting which linked to the site. The house was sold before I completed this piece, and the code links to a domain that is now pointless to maintain. So, now the link will point to, you guessed it, right here. Until the domain expires. But, the finished piece is still pretty cool to look at. (Part of the lesson learned from this experiment is to link just to a site I plan on maintaining, like this one.)
First I drew the grid on watercolor paper. I painted the ‘black’ squares in a checkerboard pattern of blue and green. Next, I masked off squares about an eighth inch smaller than the grid cells and painted the ‘white’ squares yellow. After this, I still needed more contrast, so I drew alternating diagonal lines on top of the blue and green.
the finished code – you can scan this from the screen too
detail, showing alternating green and blue squares behind parallel lines
This artwork is also in my scraps collection on DA.
What, you didn’t think it would work…?
This gallery contains full and detail views of a QR code pointing to this site. This was one of my first successful QR code paintings. After getting the code, I used a Sharpie to draw alternating diagonal lines where the dark squares should be. The remaining light squares were painted orange with acrylic paint. This alone wasn’t high enough contrast, so I added purple tissue paper squares over the purple stripes and white paint over the orange squares.
Take a picture of the screen to see it in action. See you in a minute.
detail: to get the white paint nice and square, I cut a piece of rubber and stamped the paint on
the finished product: scan it to see it in action
If it’s not obvious, this is a time lapse video of me constructing a QR code which links to a video of me constructing a QR code which links to a video of me constructing a QR code which links to a video of… you get the idea. resources To photograph, I used a Nikon D200 and … Continue reading recursive antecedent quick response code experiment 2013-06-02
As an art teacher, I’m constantly making example work for assignments. Individually, they are not much, but even after a few years these examples build up (and take up space). Below are artworks made in response to assignments I have given to my students, usually done st the same time the students did them. 2012-2013 … Continue reading teaching examples
Normal 80s kids had Legos. My brother and I had Construx. I had the Space Series stuff that glowed in the dark, and Jerry had the purple Alien stuff. It didn’t seem odd at the time, but since he had two of these figures, he named one Alien and the other Martian. This painting serves as a monument to the days before our minds were clouded with things such as sub-classes and parent categories.
The text(?) below the portraits are from 2 different decals (and yes, I know that one is just the other upside-down) from the Battlestrike set. I like to believe one reads martian and the other alien.
The painting was done on a board covered in old Construx instructions, which peek through here and there. Other media used were ink, tempera, and watercolor.
These puppets are some of the creatures featured in The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. They are rod puppets which double as shadow puppets, and are made with pieces of recycled magazines and cardboard.
This is a step-by-step explanation of how to create a pattern which repeats infinitely on a plane using a rectangular grid. I use Inkscape in this explanation, but the principles apply to any program (or manual creation, which is also a lot of fun). This works best with line drawings. If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading how to make a rectangular tessellation using inkscape
For the 2006 Halloween card, we waited until Mikeal was out of town and actually rolled his house. His neighbors didn’t seem to mind that we were doing this in broad daylight. We cleaned up afterward, which I’m sure added to the shock of getting a postcard with your own house on it.
me fine tuning the rollings
ready for vandalism
final image for card
a good shot of the tail
‘consider thou my handiwork’
yes, we put avi in a giant pumpkin
Pattern 7143 is used in the following items on Etsy: swirl pattern 7143 stationery set: brown letter, envelope, and ink
In the years when Mikeal Stevens was my roomie, we referred to my house as the bauhaus. We were very glad to put down the gun and the raw meat after the timer went off.
we totally unloaded on that turkey
Below are real life implementations of a logotype of my first name. The first version of this was created when I was in middle school, c.1990. After taking art more seriously, or at least doing more art, I have been in search of a symbol or mark which represents me. I returned to a version of the original, adding 2 shades of red (to emphasize the chromatic aspect of אָדָם). The diagram here shows the symbol on a 60° axonometric grid, which reveals some exact proportions, namely that the first 3 letters together have the same area as the last letter and that the entire area is made up of 10 equilateral triangles (shown in light blue).
graphite and tempera
ceramic name tile underwater
leaves, 3 layers
leaves, 2 layers
graphite on paper
template and son
plastic of varying opacities
spray paint on metal
spray paint on cardboard
DEFINITION OF ART For a thing done to be considered a work of art, it must be the result of the artist actively participating in the following 3 actions. CREATING The idea behind a work of art which originates in the mental realm has been created. SHAPING The rearrangement of raw materials which trades one … Continue reading artist statement 2010-04-28
the information below is to serve as an explanation for my proposed guidelines on the creation of a ‘phonetic ideal’ or ‘optophonetic’ alphabet, which I call the optophonetic english alphabet. the general guidelines these guidelines explain the reasoning behind the shapes of the letterforms. the new alphabet must be unicameral.alphabets with more than one symbol … Continue reading optophonetic alphabet
I wanted to call this my roman type theory, but it’s just more of an observation of an interesting pattern. maybe after you read this, you’ll look at the alphabet differently, especially if you’re looking at the alphabet with something obstructing your view of most of it…. what is meant here by the roman alphabet … Continue reading roman alphabet observation