Old Man Winter, maybe? Artist unknown.
I love this time of year.
Entomologist (detail), mixed media on panel.
Clothing of the past, especially that of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, has compelled me since childhood--primarily because of my exposure to the Victorian illustrators of Dickens' works.
Captain Cuttle tries to escape Mrs. Mac Stinger in this illustration by Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne)
from Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens.
Most are engravings after the drawings, and all are in black and white, but the energy and atmosphere of them blows me away.
This old photo of a Victorian worker in sack coat and vest is one of the resources I used for the Entomologist's vest...
...but my drawings seldom bear much resemblance to the resource.
Entomologist. Mixed media on panel, 4" x 4".
I'm working on a series of small works for an upcoming show, and have been trying my hand at new (for me) spins on familiar techniques.
For this painting, I used a warm mixture of sepia and india inks over a pencil drawing. A warm wash of raw umber followed, and then watercolor and acrylic ink colors came next. When the figures were done, I masked them with paper and spattered the piece using an atomizer (a technique borrowed from the incomparable JB Monge http://www.jbmonge.com/ ). White gouache and a bit of white gesso provided the highlights. I sealed the painting with UV-blocking gloss varnish. It'll be mounted on wood and varnished one more time before the show.
Feel free to check out my Victorian/Edwardian resource board on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/tomsarmo/costume-victorian-edwardian/ and
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Witch sketch (detail), mixed media
In the dark about most things having to do with gaming or other things interactive, I still managed to fall in love with an exhibit/art experience called Shadow Monsters, by Philip Worthington.
Maybe it was the fact that I was in Seattle; maybe it was the total pleasure I get every time I visit the EMP Museum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMP_Museum, but I was enthralled by Shadow Monsters, to the point of suspending my usual self-consciousness to become a shadow-hog, oblivious to any audience I may have had. Gyrating, hunching, and otherwise indulging in a variety of poses, a few photos below give you the idea:
I'm there on the right, turning into a creature threatening my daughter.
And me transforming along with my backpack.
A collaborative creature featuring my daughter and me.
There are more photos, there were many more creatures. I couldn't tear myself away! Luckily, the museum was quiet that day so I wasn't putting anyone out. Well, not many anyway.
Back at the hotel that evening, I was compelled to try a few sketches inspired by Worthington's masterpiece. The witch detail at the top is one.
Here's the complete witch...
and a creature sketch.
A tip of my hat to Philip Worthington!
Big screen TV? Meh. Video games? Yawn...
But if a home version of Shadow Monsters ever goes on sale, I'd be camping out in line to get one!
If you haven't experienced this amazing interactive art, you are missing an art masterpiece.
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Passenger. Mixed media.
Am all in my head, suddenly thinking hard about what I do, why I do it, and what I am gonna do about it.
(And I wonder why artists are so often accused of being navel-gazers.)
Still, if art motivation (or any other motivation) isn't examined once in awhile, the result could be tedium, or much worse.
But thinking about where I want my pictures to go next has never been a preoccupation until recently. Finished this little fellow after the workshop about characters with JB Monge.
Now I need to take everything I 've learned from the past six months of self-imposed study and everything I learned from Monge, (which was a lot) and move ahead.
When I figure it out, it'll show up here I guess.
Anyway, thanks for the visit!