ceramic face tile with jawbone antlers

This is a ceramic tile. The antlers are jawbones from a groundhog (possibly?).

the assignment

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.

 

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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.)

method

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.

This artwork is also in my scraps collection on DA.

adam rowe dot com QR code painting

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.

the four laws

Remember the Four Laws. Remember the Order of the Four Laws. This is the Third Law. Never forget the Four Laws. Please note that this list does not include the apocryphal Fifth Law, which states, “There are only Four Laws.”

martian / alien painting

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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.

the carnival of the animals puppets

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.  

reading the neverending story listening to passion

[amazon_image id=”0525457585″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Neverending Story[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”B000065V9J” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Passion[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”0525457585″ target=”_blank” ]The Neverending Story[/amazon_link] was not new to me circa 1998, as it was read to me several times when I was little. However, since all memory of it had been burninated away by the movie The Neverending Story …

book soundtracks

There have been a number of books I have read while listening to music. Each case involved music and a story which were more or less new to me, which had the potential to ruin either. They may or may not work for other people, so I will try to explain why they worked for …