Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Epic Procrastination, Part One

oh five page english paper, you torment me so.

A drawing of myself based on a conversation between Beto and I.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cardboard Minions pt3

it seems these little guys have been collecting across the studio. Ive been having a number of requests from other people in the studios to do them.
Sometimes i feel if im going to get famous it will be for all the wrong reasons, ha.
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The little eskimo looking man is named Walter. He now lives with Adam Tibbets in the studio. He's a bit smaller and on a thinner board.
The Little batman was more an exercise in anatomy. My friend Dave had been giving me pointers of superhero physic. it mildly succeeded on some aspects, i still need work though. Black paint with white china marker.
Catasaurous was made for my buddy Ben Z who works next to me in the studios. Due to a recent mouse problem, i found it appropriate to give him the Catasaurous. I ran out of cardboard when i made this, so he is made of a thick craft paper.
LOL Batman was derived from one of my lessons from Dave in which we drew on my desk and a sketch of batman was born which i then put a silly face on. Adam decided he wanted a big version of that, thus this cutout came to be.
lastly, upon request from a friend of mine, Nick, the last cutout was made. His name is steven and he's the tallest of the small monsters.

if by the end of the year (or even semester at this rate) if i have a good collection of these guys that are mine, i want to put them in professional looking mattes and try and get into a gallery with them.
Im beginning to wonder what other things i can apply these guys to. There is a world of design beyond cardboard after all....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

all finished

with the goat mask that is.
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It is completly hand sewn. There is fake fur as the base of the mask with yarn woven into it. The horns are real Ram horns held in place by foam rubber and a headband. I made little cloven gloves to go with it :-)
i did my face paint right before class and i guess that turned out alright.

i think some of my cardboard cutouts are going to be in a studio/gallery space the first week in october in West Roxbury. I'll be sure to update about that.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

my first big MassArt project! WIP

after a long and tedious process of actually getting into the illustration class i wanted, i was pleased to no end to discover that the first project we were to do for illustration was to draw concepts and then build a mask. Now, i love masks, so you can imagine how excited i was. I drew up four concepts, two of which im uploading, because i cant find the other two on my computer right now. There was one more ram concept, and a lion mask. i settled on the wooly ram.

with my concept chosen, i braved the wilds of two bus lines and the night time wonder of West Roxbury with a friend to go to joann fabrics to get material. Successful trip, by the way.

the mask is made entirely by hand. Its fake fur, yarn, and felt as of right now. A pair of real ram horns will be a later addition. Each piece of yarn has been tenderly placed and set by hand, and its taken quite a bit of time hunched over in my studio thus far. For critique next week, i will be doing face make up to mimic a ram (stylistically) so, another pic will come later on.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cardboard Minions prt. 2

Another installment of my cardboard takeover of the ninth floor of MassArt.

Two more little fellas. I have a little bit of a cardboard axis across the studio, it seems. A guy from across the studio asked for a piece of cardboard from me to make his own cutouts. We laughed about having a war ensue from the two parts of the studio. In that idea, i made my et tu brute hoplite.
the little squid fella was just a small gift for a friend who moved into his studio today, hes only about ten inches tall and on a thinner board. The bottom two are just ideas that formed while doodling on the masonite board that covers my drafting table. the little one eyes king is kind of a reoccurring thing. if you look back to an older post you'll see a little alien man making a burger in a spaceship, his name is Sid. The guy above is named "King Sid" pretty much the same idea i guess. The anteater alligator strange thing is named Walter.

It was a good day today. The seniors moved into the studios yesterday, and the juniors moved in today. Its nice to be surrounded by all the people i'll be calling peers from now on. I cant wait to see the studios full with work. Im feeling very inspired by the change in scenery and city, and people.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cardboard Minions

its been awhile since i touched this thing. Between moving back to boston and the start up of school, its been hectic and the amount of work ive been doing has been less then satisfactory. BUT, now that i am in a studio at MassArt, ive managed to do a few things.
As a junior i get a desk and cubicle like area on the ninth floor of the building with the rest of the illustration juniors and seniors. I managed to get a good desk thanks to a freak encounter with some existing students and maintenance workers.

I felt the need to make it feel a bit more like home, and remembering back to the last time i had a studio in my senior year of highs chool, at Walnut Hill School For Arts, an idea came rushing back to me. This also was in part discovered by my reawakened love for Dave Johnson.

Cardboard Cutouts!

i had a few in my old studio, and to my great pleasure, someone had put about 10 large untouched sheets of thick cardboard in the 'freeshare' pile in the studios, so i claimed them as mine and have been enjoying the labor intensive process of cutting things out and then coloring them.

(make with the clicking for a larger image)

God only knows what the lizard thing is. just a small drawing in my sketchbook that turned into the above. The 'i like to watch' guy is something that actually began its roots in highschool. i had done a similar thing in one of the bathroom stalls in my highschool but he got taken down and eventually stolen. This guy is just his senior i guess, but looks much different. And of course, the all mighty and super sexy Hellboy.

i want to make more, i feel like this is going to become either a deep addicting problem that takes over the department (or at least my suite) and pisses off my studio mates; or in a better outlook, maybe someone will like them and take them off my hands after awhile.

They are each about 3-3.5 feet tall. Oil based sharpie paint marker for the black areas, acrylic paint and white out pen for the whites. Hellboy has some crayon and china marker on him as well.