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Friday, February 29, 2008

Merry Leap Year!

Hopefully todays leap will be into a wonderful, fulfilling year.


I've uploaded new prints on my etsy account. Now there are giclee prints of the Snake Scarf and Giraffe Jacket available. So go! It's fun.

Monday, February 25, 2008


Two of my pieces "Giraffe Jacket" and "Gazelle Ghost" have been chosen to be in the upcoming Hatch show "Hatchback". It's featuring many different artists in the Detroit area some having shown a lot and some new to the scene. The entries were juried by Nancy Barr is the Assiciate Curator of Graphic Arts at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. It's very exciting, this is the first show I'm in outside of the school. The opening is Saturday, March 8th, at Cafe 1923 in Hamtramck with live music, a Dr. Sketchy figure drawing session, and food. The whole event runs from 5 to 10 that evening.

Learn more about the Hamtramck Art Collective Hatch at

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I won!

Last week I got the exciting news that two of my rug designs won 1st and honorable mention for this years Hagopian Rug Competition. I'm so excited because my winning design will be made and unveiled at the Student Exhibition. It's such a great parting, for m senior year my design will be showcased at the student show. I jump around everytime I think about it.
My winning entry and the honorable mention
The announcment
My two other designs

Monday, February 18, 2008



So I just bought some web domains yay! soon there will be a! But still one of my domains isn't loading correctly been talking with tech support all day, they're my new friends.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Well Well

So here's my newer paintings. The photos are a little grainy I'm going to try to retake them today.
This is a companion to my Snake Scarf piece, it is a Giraffe Jacket, which speaks about how people use animals to their advantage. Not necessarily speaking about using animal fur as clothing but as a different type of fashion statement. People cloak themselves in an appearance of "caring" for the environment when many times they are just trying to be in the scene that is cool at the moment. People just go with what people tell them, without getting informed. It's good at the time but once a different fad comes along people won't care any more, they'll take their cloak off and wear something else.

This was in the blank show, it's about the loss of animals, and I used a ghosted red gazelle to communicate the idea.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Painting

Still working on this, I really like how it's coming out. She's zipping up her giraffe hoodie. It goes with the snake scarf painting in terms of the discussion of how humans use animals for their own benefit, using them in ways the animals are not purposed for, and for only human gain or need. I sould be able to post the finish tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sweet Action Figures

Check this out
It's the art of Mike Leavitt, he creates custom action figures, namely well known modern illustrators, like Amy Sol, Jeremy Fish, Audrey Kawasaki, and Sam Flores to name a few. They are so neat, he also makes many other fun custom action figures.

Os Mutantes!

A video I found which was funny and cute, the song is A Minha Menina by Os Mutantes, one of the greatest psychedelic bands ever, and one of the best brasilian bands too. Eu gosto disto, que fofo!

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Here's my screen print I finished today! yay! It's 4 screens, first is the orange, than red, then transparent grey/blue, and last very transparent yellow. I was inspired by cell structure and skin cells, namely onion skin cells (remember in grade school looking through the microscope at onion skin?)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Somewhat New Paintings

Here are some better pictures of two of paintings I did last semester, I need to retake the Snake Scarf one because the camera was crooked and cut off the corners.\\

Mini Ostrich
Snake Scarf

Friday, February 1, 2008

Blank Show TONITE!

Yay for the blank show!

I have a piece in it too!

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i saw these on I don't know where these are from but I really like them.

i love hands and female bodies.

Akron Art Museum

Last weekend myself and a couple fellow illustrators, Leyland and Antoin, had a mini road trip. We drove down to Akron, OH, near Cleveland, to see the amazing Norman Rockwell exhibit that is currently there. All I can say is it was INCREDIBLE. I never realized the textures he used. He coated his canvases with such think gesso, and must have used very bristly brushes then probably sanded it... it was crazy. Also what was surprising is how he painted. We're all so use to the print version of his paintings that one doesn't know how loosely and simply he painted the faces, also how much drawing he left showing through the paint and he also drew with pencil on top to get fine line details. One painting that struck me was the painting “The Problem We All Live With”. On the ground he had actual pebbles in the paint to give more texture, the tomato splat is actually paint thrown against the canvas, the ledge on the wall was really thick... meaning it was "wow"

What irritates me is that so many artists are so quick to write him off, calling him kitschy. But his paintings were so loose, the colors were crazy. His 323 Saturday Evening Post covers were so impressive, he was able to keep the same basic layout yet make every painting different, not many are able to accomplish that.

People who don't look at his ability of layout, his painting skills, and his ability to portray emotion through the look of a character, need to get off their high horse. He is an incredible painter who lived his dream, so he then painted other peoples dreams. There is nothing wrong with painting what could be.
My favorite out of everything, "A Family Tree", in person this was huge and crazy... in a good way.

I got a book that was for the exhibit, which was great because it has all the text from the show in it. The reproduction is good but nothing can ever compare to the original.

I was blown away.