Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Secret Life of Shapes

     So I'm still working out the book Expressive Drawing by Steven Aimone and I think it's been good for me.  I'm not usually one for the abstract and this has been an interesting experiment.  It's not only helping me to loosen up a bit, but also to think more critically about art again.  Since leaving college, I haven't really many opportunities to talk shop with other artists or do any serious critiques.  So I welcome any helpful advice and hope you enjoy this blog, an ever-evolving work in progress.
     Later today I have a photo shoot scheduled, so I spent my morning working on a couple of ongoing projects including my found text poetry (find me on Instagram at ravenmaid1267 to see what I'm talking about) and my attempt to do all the exercises in Expressive Drawing.  The two I've done this morning involve the interaction between the angular and the curvilinear and the geometric and the organic.  Through this exercise I've learned that a narrative can be formed using a few simple shapes.  I've found a story in there myself, but I'll leave you to find your own.  Have a great day!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Angry Square and Other Shapes' Conversations

     The fourth day of Spring still has some snowflakes floating down.  The chill in the air makes me want to do my creating from the comfort of a warm blanket, but I was able to to punch out a few things this past week including some more drawing exercises. But in this case, when I say drawing, I mean painting since they were made with paint.)  These ones involve the relationships between shapes directional and non-directional.  It also explores the moods that are created and even the personalities of the shapes themselves depending on the way they're made and their relationships to the other shapes in the composition.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Conversation of Lines 2

     I'm nearly a third of the way through on my 100 Faces project.  However, I can't say I'm all that happy with any of them.  They look even worse when scanned into the computer.  These charcoal exercises, though, actually look better than the originals.  At least, I like them better this way somehow.  One of my goals is to learn Photoshop and learn how to "do something cool" with work like this.  Any tips, anyone?