Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Odd Fellow Meeting

"A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament." ~ Emilé Zola

So tonight is a meeting of the Independent Order of OddFellows here in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii... As with any meeting in paradise, I took the opportunity to make a few drawings. Armed with a pair of ball point pens I began to sketch. Here are the products.

Erica #2

"Both body and earth are sacred." ~ Mathew Fox

So this was a drawing of Erica. This for a while was one of the opening drawings in my portfolio. I have since changed it. There is a real crispness to this drawing that I like.

Sumi Landscape

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery." ~ Anais Nin

So, this is a Sumi landscape, the art style is a tribute to my Japanese heritage. I sort of based this picture on the image of a wall scroll in my room.

Bamboo #1

So getting in touch with the Asian part of me.

In high school I took a few classes in Sumi painting it is difficult and takes an extremely high degree of skill to make thing look perfectly. There are just so many things that could go wrong on these. So after filling the house with these paintings. I have a few that were very good. Here is one.

The stamp at the bottom is a katakana name stamp from 8th grade we made from an eraser. heh

Drawing Class Portraits

SO here are 3 quick portraits from a drawing class I took. The first is Jonathan Busse one of the instructors at WCC. I posted a link to some of his works. A lot of landscapes and watercolors, very neat stuff. The bottom two were two students at WCC.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Religious Icons

"It is certain that if you would have the whole secret of a people, you must enter into the intimacy of their religion." ~ Edgar Quinet

So being Catholic, I have been fascinated by religious images for most of my life. Their stylized look at the divine is kind of quaint and interesting. There is a sacred symmetry and formality to it all. So I have attempted to create prints of my own religious icons.

On the recommendation of a fellow printer, I decided to do a multiple press series on this one. Each of the above prints is three prints of each separate color. With the second being the second ghost print of the image. So for each color I made the print, printed the first one then went on to make a second print. I specifically avoided the color black, to avoid it dominating the image.

The image below is an angel I tried to make in the same iconic style. It is also three consecutive prints with each adding a color. The red and blue dominate this print a little, but overall it's pretty neat: