Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Hello again! This is the finished painting. I used the same acrylic paints that I use for painting on paper. After it dried, it was coated with several layers of clear polyurethane gloss. The original design from SHUT was a copy of one of their affiliated skater's martial arts certificate - lots of chinese characters and red stamps. That was sanded off first of course. (The intricate border was always there. No way I could paint that! Also the golden SHUT logo on top.)
The illustration was inspired by the song 'Only Skin'. Particularly the 19th-20th stanza.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, May 2, 2010
"The purpose of the contest is to foster interest in the relationship of literature to the visual arts through the design of a hypothetical book cover for EUGENIO MONTALE’s poem THE EEL (L’ANGUILLA). This is an ideas competition only: as of this writing there are no plans for the winner’s work to be featured on a forthcoming edition of Montale’s work."
John Bertram has hosted 3 contests so far, this is the 3rd. (I skipped the 2nd one because I didn't care for the story. It was like the precursor to Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons and I really dislike gory religious horror - I'll read it and be engrossed but I don't want to illustrate it.) The first one was Lolita for which I submitted this painting:
Looking at it now, I think my second attempt is a huge improvement, mainly because there's a setting and the figures aren't just floating in space... in a vacuum. I put The Eel cover as my facebook profile picture and as frustrated and upset as I got working on it (the cheap water color paper would not absorb the like-wise cheap watercolors and I had to go over everything in acrylic which was scary), one day I happened to glance at it and was stunned by how much more professional it looked. Felt proud of myself. The font also looks better this time. I got some nice comments on the Lolita painting though which sent me on what felt like a sugar/caffeine high for days.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The eel, siren
of cold seas, who leaves
the Baltic for our seas,
our estuaries, rivers, rising
deep beneath the downstream flood
from branch to branch, from twig to smaller twig,
ever more inward,
bent on the heart of rock,
rills until one day
light glancing off the chestnuts
fires her flash
in stagnant pools,
in the ravines cascading down
the Apennine escarpments to Romagna;
eel, torch, whip lash,
arrow of Love on earth,
whom only our gullies
or dessicated Pyrenean brooks lead back
to Edens of generation;
green spirit seeking life
where only drought and desolation sting;
spark that says that everything begins
when everything seems charcoal,
brief rainbow, iris,
twin to the one your lashes frame
and you set shining virginal among
the sons of men, sunk in your mire -
can you fail to see her as a sister?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I painted this while my sister worked on a eye mask because even thinking about sewing things makes my mind buzz like a suffocating fly in a jar. // She had to come down to earth from her rainbow home and since it's much farther from the sun, she is not used to the cold. Her skin turned blue and ice crystals are growing out of her shoulder. In her home country, she ruled Orion's Belt and was best friends with a Red Dwarf. If you think that is a clever little story, don't tell me-tell mister L. Frank Baum who came up with the first part of the idea in The Road to Oz.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"It's admirable to have an undistracted mind, praiseworthy to be without worldy talents and knowledge. The same can be said of a homeless wanderer, but leading a life so liberated requires an iron will."
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
- colored pencils
- It's really fun to draw something invisible with white crayon, then paint over it and watch the patterns appear. I did that a lot and it adds a nice texture too.
- Scribbling is fun.
- Splattering and dripping is fun.
- For the drips, I dotted on some really watery drops, then shook the sketchbook super fast like a maniac. It was pretty tiring.
Joanne is a cheerful and optimistic person who loves tea and coffee and all the sweet things that go with them.
The Song: A World of My Own
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Aw. No more full length movie clips of The Great Dictator on youtube. =(
Monday, October 26, 2009
Working on finishing these. The red and purple ones were started way back when I was still living on Long Island and had no clue I would be getting a new job and moving. The pink one was started a few weeks ago and work was halted because I detested the Brunette's legs. Are boys with dark hair also called Brunettes? It sounds funny. In French, a dark haired boy is called 'Brun' and a dark haired girl is called 'Brune'. I think? It's been a while!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Now would be a good time to mention please don't use any of my images/photos without asking/giving me credit. K-THANX!
F: How much time, on average, do you have to design a cover? How does that effect your brainstorming process? For that matter, what is your brainstorming process?
JG: We have about 6-8 weeks to get cover designs for around 70 books in place. Like most creatives the brainstorming process usually involves some combination of the following: avoidance, procrastination, mild sedation, cups of coffee, staring out the window, long walks on a spring morning, lack of exercise, talking to myself in a funny voice, feelings of worthlessness, turning on the music, turning off the music, kicking the dog, making lists, surfing the internet...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Cat Mime & Sad Clown
12" x 9"
Monday, August 24, 2009
My sister thinks I'm going to be one of those old people you hear about on the news who dies when it gets too hot.