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"Emesis"

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Emesis is one of ten paintings that depict the lesser know senses. The painting is done with acrylic and a few white charcoal highlights. It's painted on 2ft x2ft plywood. 

While I was doing this one, I had a few people ask what is this sense. Basically it's the sense of throwing up... Puke didn't make for a very good title so luckily there's a scientific term for vomiting and that is how Emesis got it's title. It made it a little less graphic. 
I really went for the "heavy" look while designing the jewelry in this painting. Because when I'm sick that's how I feel. Heavy and no engery to do anything but lay around. I fell I got a little gem happy, tough. It turned into literally vomiting crystals--I made them green on purpose ;)

"Itch"

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Itch is one of ten paintings that depict the lesser know senses. The painting is done with acrylic and a few white charcoal highlights. It's painted on 2ft x2ft plywood. 

Out of the ten she is one of my favorites. The jewelry laid really nice on the figure. I'm trying to convince someone in the metals/jewelry making department to do some of these (Since I have an irrational fear of fire and power tools.) I think it would be really cool to see them in real life. 
Her pose also worked really well, for the Sense of Itch, or Itching. 

"Direction"

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Direction is one of ten pieces that depict the lesser know senses. The painting is done with acrylic and a few white charcoal highlights. It's painted on 2ft x2ft plywood. 
This sucker is heavy when you're having to carry it up and downstairs with 9 others.
We all know the main 5 sense (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell), but one day I was sitting in class and a teacher mentioned there were others. He started listening all these other other sense off, and I had a moment of: why hadn't I noticed that before, and I was slightly annoyed because in grade school, beside the normal five, we had never talked about them. 
The jewelry represents today's technology mentality that everything needs to be enhanced. I was watching some TedTalks about seeing sound as colors, and virtual reality glasses, and it just seemed like the natural was no longer good enough. 
Side Note: unfortunately the background did not photograph well. I coated the figure and drew out small segments of a circu…

Figure Sketches

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Figure sketches

For the first part of my sketchbook, I only used pencil, and now I regret it. Charcoal is just some much faster and easier, if only it didn't smug so badly... 

I'd try pen, but it's a little too permeant.

Side Note: I had a teacher who preached you can't get a good drawing unless it's from life. Photos would never cut it. So he's going through my sketchbook and stop at the feet picture below, and says, "This one is really good. This one must be from life, right?" It was really satisfying to tell him nope, it was a photo. He got really quiet after that.


Criticism: "Gouache Off" Process

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Criticism Series
Criticism
 hung all together with 30 gouache and ink paintings. The series deals with how even though the figures pictures above would be consider "physically" appealing, and I personally view as beautiful, someone will still find a flaw with them. And that person maybe even be the individual themselves. 
Each painting is 5"x5" and are hung with chains and clips. (Sounds like the Justin Timberlake song. Ha!)
Close ups

"Gouache Off" Process  (A professor showed us this technique in a media experimental class)Draw out your imagePaint anywhere on your image where you want the ink to wash off. It has to be gouache and make it thick. Watercolor is not opaque enough to keep the ink from getting to the paper. Note that whatever color you use will stain the paper.After the gouache as dried, paint black ink over the entire image. (I used black India Ink)Try not to paint the same place twice. It'll reactive the gouache and start coming up.Let the…

"Cage or Kill"

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"Conceal" and "Concealed"

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Conceal and Concealed
Conceal and Concealed started from picking two random words from the dictionary. They were Imp and Wintry. I looked up imp and found the usual demon-like creature, and that imp-ing was the act of repairing hawk wings. I decided to use each of the definitions to portray the different things men and woman are expected to keep hidden. Wintry was reflected in the pose and color choices. I also focused on using just lines to give it some movement and a little more tension. 

The drawings are done with acrylic and charcoal on paper.

Side note: I thought it was pretty cool that the girl's hands look like they could also be the imp's. It added to the creepy factor. 

"Out" and "In"

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In and Out

In and Out are drawing done with charcoal and acrylic on paper. They depicted the person we let others see and the one we keep hidden.  
I'm usually stay within the realism realm in my work. I'm not a super precision artist, but I don't do much abstract either. My professor was a little surprised when these drawings turned up. She pretty much asked me if I was hiding any other styles from her, because they were so different for me. But I felt the process that went into this semi-abstract figures made sense. 
My professor was trying to get everyone out of their comfort zone, loosen us up a bit. So we tacked two pieces of paper to the wall, and she told us to write our name. Again and again, for about ten minutes non-stop. My hand was cramping by the end of it. After that we did another ten minutes of erasing, non-stop. By this point, everyone's arms felt like it was going to fall off. Then she gave us twenty minutes to somehow find a fore, middle, and backgroun…

Line Drawing Lessons

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Line Drawing Lessons

The drawing on the right is called Chinese Lanterns and the one of the left is Shepard-Line.
I was a serial transfers student, so they were done under different college professors and in different schools. I did Chinese Lanterns first, and my professor loved it. I didn't even think it was that great, but while doing a portfolio review, he told me to stop, while flipping through the images of my work, and said to make sure it went in my application. Why did he like it so much? 
The line variation. 
So of course, I started doing all of my line drawing in this style, varying width. 
Transferred to a different school, and I did this technique on a skull drawing in a head drawing class. The professor picked out six or so drawings that he thought were good but had one fatal flaw, and they were used as an example of what not to do.
That day I was told, no more "morse code" lines, and I was so confused. How can one school loved it, and the other pretty much…

Process of "Dad"

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Steps to "Dad"

Dad is a acrylic, ink and charcoal painting on 10"x20" canvass. I did a series consisting of my family members (10 to be exact). This one, as the title suggests, is of my dad. With the series I was trying to represent the person's personality with the color choices. He's a bit cold when you first meet him and warms up over time, so the obvious choice would be blue, and I went obvious. And I just notice I choice an image with him in snow gear. Ha!
Side note: Canvass is the worst thing to draw on. It rips your hands apart. I ended up sanding it to try and smooth out the texture. 
The process is pretty simple, line drawing, throw in some charcoal shading, spray on the fixative, and wipe out the acrylics. I used a garbage bag (duel purpose of a drop cloth) to get the textures in the background. He was one of my family's favorite, my sisters are still complaining about theirs... 


About Page

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Tracing Shadow Designs is an exhibit of my artwork. It ranges from figures, to landscapes and animals. I've tried about everything. I was obsessed with minimalistic artwork, that focused on shadow for awhile. I went through a stint with digital illustration, I've tried oil and watercolor, now I'm mostly an acrylic painter.

I'm nearly finished with my BFA and debating to continue on to get a master. I want to use this blog to showcase my recent work but to also show the old. As a student, I'd look at painters and see how amazing they were, and like the majority of artists, they posted their best work and only that.

It was kind of crushed my morale because I thought I'd never amount to anything close to what they were doing. So rather than hide my embarrassing past of super bad art, I'm going to show the progress. We all start somewhere, and when I look at my old work compare to my recent it starts gluing those crushed pieces back together.

I feel art is a jo…

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"Jump"

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Jump is one of thirty pieces done for a series called Criticism. The original is a 5x5 gouache and ink painting. The original and prints are for sell on my etsy account. 

Available on Etsy

This was I think the second one I painted. I really layered on the gouache thick before painting on the ink, so a lot of the white was preserved than on others, so I decided to simply add a few simple color highlight and defined a few areas. This was also the moment, I started embracing the ragged border since the ink bled through the tape. It was a happy accident, though. :)



"Anger"

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Anger is one of thirty piece done for a series called Criticism. The original is a 5x5 gouache and ink painting. The original and prints are for sell on my etsy account. 

Prints are available on Etsy.


His face wasn't this pissed off looking at first. It was more questioning when I first drew it out, but after putting the ink on, he just looked mad. Doesn't help that his eyes are like black holes, but overall, I decided to just embrace the pissed off attitude. I think he turned out pretty good.

Side note: I've gone through a few art teachers over the years, and when it comes to painting small, (these are only 5"x5") one told me just do the shadow shapes. Edit out all the rest because the picture is so small that if you include all those detail it'll look like a mess.
It's helped me a lot to just forget all the little details, like in the eyes and even lips and just do general shapes. Kind of like the impressionists did in their work. People can fill in a lot …

"Back"

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Back is one of thirty pieces done for a series called Criticism. The original is a 5x5 gouache and ink painting. The original and prints are for sell on my etsy account.
Prints are available on Etsy
I completely lost this one to the ink. I didn't put enough gouache on and had to dig to find my original image.

"Stretch"

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Stretch is one of thirty pieces done for a series called Criticism. The original is a 5x5 gouache and ink painting. The original and prints are for sell on my etsy account.
Prints are available on Etsy
The colors really mixed well on him. Some of the other have more of a color scheme, but he just turned into a rainbow, not that I mind. Being that this was for my senior show, and I rather not embarrass my poor mother with "naughty" bits, it was a challenge to find enough poses both male and female that were some what covered that I could edit around.
Underwear model work great, if anyone else has this problem. 


A couple close ups

"Bob"

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Bob is one of thirty pieces done for a series called Criticism. The original is a 5x5 gouache and ink painting. The original as well as prints are for sell on my etsy account.
Prints are available on Etsy.
She is one of my favorites. Just that hand! I love that hand. She's a woman with some sass. One thing I love about watercolor and gouache is how it mixes. You can't really get that with any other medium. I use watered-down acrylic a lot, but it's still not as good as watercolor or gouache. 
Side note: Bob is title because of the hairstyle ;)