Assemblage art (January 28, 2016)

I recently took this photo and was immediately reminded of assemblage art. According to the Webster dictionary that is art that is a composition made from scraps, junk, and odds and ends (as of paper, cloth, wood, stone or metal).

The photo was taken recently in a men’s restroom in Cincinnati. It is a kind of work of art in itself. Does anyone recognize where it was taken???



Drawing / Illustration (January 21, 2016)

I was rooting through some old boxes of artwork and found this piece. I had totally forgotten about it – it was an illustration for a Graphic Artists Guild Event poster or something like that. I pulled it out because it had yellowed – so I scanned it and corrected the color. The first photo is the piece adjusted – the second photo is the piece as I found it, with all the yellowing. I assume the yellowing was due to the fixative that I used.

When it was printed there was a blue background that covered the entire piece except for the shoes. The shoes had a white background to make them pop out. The effect was make it look like a duotone. I will have to see if I have the actual printed piece somewhere.





Vector – traced Amoeba (January 13, 2016)

I decided to vector trace the red, tentacle-like object in the center of the last drawing posted. I used Illustrator and the pen tool to trace it. I now have an object that I can blow up as large as a billboard or print out as small as a postage stamp and it will look clean. This resolution independence makes this object much more usable to me. I can see it showing up in my next narrative scroll. Additionally, I can change the color inside and change the color of the outside stroke to whatever I want. I just threw a basic radial gradient and an orange colored stroke on it below. I am not quite sure why this object appeals to me. Perhaps the appeal is it’s lack of symmetry, even though, at first glance, it appears to be rather symmetrical.



Weird Amoeba Proteus Sketch (January 6, 2016)

Sometimes I just start out doodling and come up with an image through my subconscious. This is one of those drawings. I started out just drawing these tentacles and then started adding to it. The final image looks to me like a kind of amoeba proteus. I added color to it and am not quite sure what to make of it. It is a truly subconscious piece or maybe just an abstract play of shapes and color.  I don’t really know.

I am thinking about tracing the central red tentacle-like object in Illustrator. I think it may have some application as a vector object.