Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 31 #MakeArt365

Problem of Orthogonal Projectors, ink, 2015

Minimal but I'm having fun with these. In the life's little mysteries department: why in 2004 or so was I taking class notes on a NYC Transit Authority official memo pad from the 60's turned upside down? Most of that I know the answer to, but why upside down?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 28 #MakeArt365

Concept Sketch for Promise Keeping Machine Mk2, mixed media, 2015

Everything can be improved with an obscure literary allusion. A prize if anyone can get it, though my somewhat loose botanical renderings make it rather hard. Back to this idea, I'm almost thinking about building it (or adding it to the queue), though as is often the case, once you really think about it, you realize you'll be fabricating the whole thing and wont use any of your stash of weird doodads at all (other than my only spare glass dome).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day 27 #MakeArt365

Now I'm just messing around. I meant to draw snow today, but black moths came out instead. Microevolution I'm told.

Moths I, ink on paper, 2015

Moths II, ink on paper 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Day 26 #MakeArt365

Fish, ink on paper, 2015
The fish are starting to disturb me; I never draw fish. I never used to draw fish. I used to know some linear algebra. I always have had bad handwriting. (Collecting old scrap paper for a papier mache work in progress and a cache of notes from Robust Computer Vision with Peter Meer emerged, that's the substrate.)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 25 #MakeArt365

Octopus Mermaid, colored pencil, 2015

Bubo, pencil, 2015
Squirrel, pencil, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day 22 #MakeArt365

Eye, ink 2015
Self Portrait, ink, 2015 Have to keep those ears warm.
The Lord Gives, The Lord Takes Away..., ink, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day 21 MakeArt365

Dream Sequence I, pencil, 2015

In the keeping it weird department: Ever have one of those dreams where all kinds of crazy stuff happens but one image winds up burned into your mind. The other night I dreamed I was a super hero (of course). I did typical super hero stuff, fought flesh eating aliens, brawled with other super heroes. I've forgotten the details already. But what sticks in my mind is taking a shower, watching the dried blood dissolve, and looking at the gashes and bruises covering my skin. Weird.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day 19 #MakeArt365

Like a Vessel at the Launch, When its Last Restraint is Gone, ink 2015
Day 19 #MakeArt365
More a sketch as a memorandum for when it's not past my bedtime than a drawing...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 16 #MakeArt365

Shell Shock, pencil on paper 2015
Sometimes a message washes up at your feet, as if still held in a drowned hand. The title of plate 46 in Georges Rouault's Miserere by Frank and Dorothy Getlein, given to me by an old friend this evening: "Le juste, comme le bois de santal, parfume la hache qui le frappe."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 14 #MakeArt365

Concept Sketch for 'Promise Keeping Machine', mixed media, 2015

In concept sketch land again. Every now and then I take out my boxes of found object sculpture stuff and plan a few elaborate pieces, then put it all away again...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 13 #MakeArt365

Concept Sketch for Furie Mask, pencil on paper, 2015
Loosely inspired by Shikami Noh mask. It wasn't meant to look that evil, more stern. Funny that how hard it is to control how emotions read.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 12 #MakeArt365

Ink doodles from sick bed...

Laurence the Dragon, ink on paper, 2015

Unanswered Question, ink on paper, 2015

Waiting, ink on paper, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 10 #MakeArt365

Guardian of the Void, colored pencil, 2015

I used to do a lot of winged eyes, they may be making a comeback.

Vision, pencil, 2015

I dunno whats up with this guy myself.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 9 #MakeArt365

Filter Paper Drawing II, Abstract Gourd Form, pencil on filter paper, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 8 #MakeArt365

Medusa, pencil, 2015
I was home sick and was out of bed long enough to do a bit of drawing.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 7 #MakeArt365

Day 7 ‪#‎MakeArt365‬ A quickie. Maybe that blue streak on the scans is a feature.
Sight, mixed media on filter paper, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day 6 #MakeArt365

Someone asked me to do something that would make me happy, This is what I had in me before collapsing in a heap as early as possible.The warm pupil cool eye color contrast trick makes me happy. The blue streak down my scans does not.

Shagbark Hickory making Spock Eyebrows, mixed media 2015

Day 5 #MakeArt365 (a bit late)

Ruins, pencil on paper, 2015
I kind of forgot to post, but I did it...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 3 #MakeArt365

Abstract Branch, pencil on paper

Quietus: Self Portrait Becoming Tree, ink on tinted paper

Standing Man, pencil on paper 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day 2, #MakeArt365

Day 2 ‪#‎makeart365‬ Make Art 365 (note my switching to Arabic numerals after the debacle of me trying to count to high Roman numerals for my tree stump pictures last year)

Untitled Face, mixed media, 2015

The kind of riff on a random internet photo I used to do so much of, I kind of miss it since 'becoming serious'. While lacking a point, there is something very relaxing about doodling off a reference with nothing at stake.
Concept Sketch for Entwife, pencil 2015
The drawing is a concept sketch for the female companion to the ent head in search of a body I've been working on carving on and off. Several levels of indirection from making it to 3D alas...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day I, #MakeArt365

Wood Wife, mixed media, 2015 

I took up fellow artist Imo Nse Imeh’s challenge to join him in #MakeArt365 an effort to refocus artistically by resolving to create work every day. Personally, I've taken this on as a challenge to make and post a complete work, most likely a doodle or sketch every day.  I’m glad of a reason to refocus a little bit of my energy on drawing, neglected of late, and hoping to regain some of the focus of my late tree stump project. I’m not going to stick to a consistent theme, but the phrase ‘men as trees walking’ has been on my mind. On one obvious level confusion of trees and people has been a long standing theme in my work. Given my interest in visual cognition the line always caught my attention because it seems to be making a distinction both cognitive and spiritual between sight and vision.  The pursuit of vision, and the trial of seeing, but being incapable of understanding what is before you has weighed on me of late.  In any case I’m starting with a fairly elaborate sketch, percolating for a while, but executed today.