Posts Tagged ‘ other people’s awesome ’

State of the Union: Holy Shit, When Did It Become May?! Edition

All this and a picture of tits got me to where I am today.

All this and a picture of tits got me to where I am today.

Funny how those resolution things work; half of my posts in here are, “Oh gosh, how sorry am I that I haven’t written in here!” when, in reality, I’m only apologizing to myself. That being said, this is a case where I’m hardly ashamed of abandoning this blog for four months, for the dearth of posts actually represents a wealth of productivity elsewhere. I’m finally on the other end of sophomore review, finally capable of boasting the role of “member of the junior painting faculty” to show for it, and within the span of the month I’ve learned more about my artistic process than I have within the past three semesters combined. Even within the span of last break, I didn’t have much to boast by way of productivity/studio time, but now I feel as if I have a solid plan for Making Stuff Over the Summer. I want to experiment with media, do this and that, and I feel empowered to do so because I have a voice. I’m not really capable of painting for the sake of process in the sense that it doesn’t give me a proverbial carrot to lock myself downstairs and get high on paint fumes. There needs to be a theme behind it, and courtesy of an extremely helpful Drawing IV project, I think I have just that. I’ve certainly learned a lot this semester, and I suppose I’ll take now to look at a few entries back to see if those lofty goals I set for myself are in effect: Continue reading

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On resolutions and radical aesthetics.

It seems as if everyone’s been writing lovely posts about the effervescence of a new year and the promise that it brings lately, and I’m inclined to agree. Thing is, the academic in me never really feels as if the new year is upon us until the first day of classes for the spring semester. Prior to this, I’ve been doing my Christmas holiday hobo thing (pajama pants, lazy lounging, zero in terms of productivity) but come the usual call of the 6am alarm clock and I’m suddenly rearing to go on all of my “resolutions.” (Resolutions in “quotes” since, ugh, the very idea of making a list of things one should improve upon usually sounds as if you’re destined for failure — but we’re all human here, n’est-ce pas?) Exercise more! Monitor my emotional well-being! Monitor my free time productively and finally stock up my Etsy shop! Finish all those commissions! Top my excellent GPA last semester with an even better one this semester! (Oh yeah, 4.0, you are in my sights.) And, of course, the very thing that brought me here: make more blog posts.

Of course, that’s something I’ve been puzzling about for the past few weeks, since I’m not even sure what I should be talking/trending about anyway. Although I said that this was a crap-shoot “tuna fish salad” blog, it’s quite clear that I always return to the subject of art, the manufacture thereof, and my relationship with the creative process. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a good outlet to talk about it in school or maybe I’m just a pretentious twat. Either way, that is apparently what I’m drawn to talking about in this place — but those times when I feel as if I can produce such content seems few and far between. Does that mean I should change content? Nah, I don’t know about that. I do know what I should do, though: endeavor to show more of my artwork (which, in turn, means I should get to town on properly documenting my work!) and talk about other work that’s really appealing to me right now. Since I clearly haven’t gotten off my butt to order some good tungsten bulbs for the school’s shooting booth, though, I think I’ll go on the latter.

When I read Design*Sponge today (a perennial favorite in my Google Reader, mind you), it was a blitz of catch-up — which explains, by the by, how I hadn’t managed to catch this beautiful post on the work of Emily Ann Nachison until almost a week later. I feel as if the installation is the twenty-first century’s art form, the kind of thing that all of us regardless of specialization are supposed to be gonzo about. I’ve only done an installation once, based on the concept of ownership and the staking of claim so associated with it, and although I’m not entirely sure it’s my raison d’etre, I always appreciate when I see it in the gallery. This particular specimen of Nachison’s work is as delicate as it is expansive; although its detailing looks to be fine and fragile (with objects that are light, airy, and yet available — camouflage netting and string, anyone?) , the mass of the entire installation is so much that the viewer is forced to encounter it. Nachison’s online portfolio places the installation within this wider context of nature, a self-professed “mythology,” and an interest in fibers and other non-traditional materials (although arguably, what is traditional in the context of media anymore?). Basically: it’s cool stuff. Look at it.

What a birthyay!

Look at what the Internet gave me!

Look at what the Internet gave me!

Dude, I turn old and end up getting sweet Internet art pix from Jen Overstreet. THAT’S RIGHT, WE LINKED OUR BLOGS TOGETHER. WATCH US BE PART OF THE BLOGOSPHERE TOGETHER. But dude, I have been talking to that sweet lady for a long time before your “blogospheres,” your “Tumblrs,” or your “hipster Internets culture” became “en vogue,” because we’re awesome and it is a patent fact. I am pretty lucky to still be able to be getting in her area, knowing how she do, and doing stuff like challenging the other to Batgirl drawing faceoffs and writing about bromances. It is people like this who make birthdays into birthyays, for the record.

When I grow up, this will be my sketchbook.

Alright, so I have a confession to make: I suck at keeping sketchbooks.

It’s something that I’m not particularly proud about, given my supposed seriousness about getting into this “art profession” or whatever, but it seems awkward and strained. What do I start drawing? Do I just start sketching still lives for shits and giggles? Do I need to spend afternoons on the canal people watching and filling my Moleskine? Does it need to be a large sketchbook? So many questions, not enough answers. To me, using a sketchbook — which is touted as a tool that should be utilized 24/7, if your professors are to be believed — is less the not-optional toothbrushing part of my schedule and more the exercise “if I’m lucky enough to have the time” type of activity. Much like exercise, I’d like to change this attitude.

When I do, I’d like to take on Dustin Harbin‘s style of sketchbookery to heart. I found this dude through Kate Beaton, and along with enjoying following his general line of thought in his blog and all, I have to say that his Flickr account is a delightful stroll through a shitload of awesome pictures. Along with his finished works, there’s his sketchbook set that I find to be impossible to miss (ergo, this fucking entry). What’s really helpful are the notes he includes with his scans, which talk about process, the pros and cons of the mediums of choice within, and other charming anecdotes. If that doesn’t interest you, then perhaps I should just bribe you with images. Make note, though: IT SHOULD.

My apologies to Mr. Harbin, by the by; if you would like me to host this on my own server/take this image down, PLEASE COMMENT OR WHATEVER. I just like your style dude and would like others to hop on that style cock. Thanks!

My apologies to Mr. Harbin, by the by; if you would like me to host this on my own server/take this image down, PLEASE COMMENT OR WHATEVER. I just like your style dude and would like others to hop on that style cock. Thanks!

See? He is all MIXING THEM INK COLORS and it is just cool stuff. Really, the images that I wanted to use are kinda-sorta cockblocked by Flickr, which means that I am assuming that the artist would like it that way, so you should just go and see why I suddenly want to go and buy 230498234098 colored ballpoint and gel pens so I can sketch like a nerd on the go and be 1/230498324098th as awesome as this person. After all, everybody needs inspirations to get them to do better and more productive things in their lives, right? Right.