Girl -A very fashion-y piece, this
left me feeling a little frustrated because, try as
I might, and as nice a piece as it is, I still feel
like it looks like something from in my wheelhouse--that
is, something that's very recognizable as my style.
find myself almost always working within the borders
of the "paper", and with this one I wanted to go for
a more fluid, open shape (kind of like this piece),
but every time I tried that approach I didn't like it--it
just didn't look right.
said, what is here does look nice I think, and I like
the contrast of the flat black outfit and the crazy
pattern on the left.
Day - This piece morphed into several
different things as I worked on it. The woman in the
water started out as the central figure for another
faux-paperback cover, but I could never get a handle
on adding text to it, so I abandoned that idea.
it was going to be more of a straight "glamour" piece,
with no background or realistic details except maybe
the water. I ended up not liking any of those attempts,
either. Finally, I started adding more realistic elements
(yeah, that sun is pretty big, I guess...) and it became
more, in my mind, of a piece of advertising art, maybe
for travel or beachwear or something.
any case, it was in this form that it worked best for
me, so I called it a day. (Maybe it was more a case
of wish fulfillment, since it was miserably cold and
rainy outside as I worked on it)
Sky - I had been meaning for quite
awhile to try some pieces sans the heavy blacks that
dominate most of my work, wondering if the feel would
translate as well. The first of these experiments
was this piece, Blue Sky. I wanted to go for something
that felt happy, open, carefree, and in the artistic
approach to be realistic yet also abstract (hence
the sun-like object in the background).
using someone you're supposed to recognize also helped
me concentrate more on the feeling of the piece rather
than a likeness. When finished, I found I really,
really liked this piece, and it's quickly developed
into one of my personal favorites. A friend who saw
the piece soon after described it as having "a wonderful
sense of freedom" and that was exactly what I set
out to do.
Forest Girl - This
piece evolved mightily from start to finish. I knew I
wanted the woman to be popping out from a dark background,
but that was all I had in my head. As I finished up the
part of it with her, nothing about it seemed to really
*pop* for me, until I turned her hair, which I hard originally
colored yellow, to pure white with just some silver highlights.
I did that, the piece really clicked for me and I then
got rid of the rigid square border and added the more
fanciful circular shapes. I didn't have any justifiable
reason for it other than I thought it just looked cool.
I then tried to add some other color outlines, but none
of that worked well with the mostly black-and-white
I had already.
had accidentally left a sharp edge on one of the circles,
and I liked the sharp edge amid the round shapes. So
I started adding those shafts of light coming in from
the top, until when I was done it did sort of look like
some weird dark forest. I dug it mightily, it worked
well with the figure, and it doesn't look that much
like all the other ones I've done.
Blue -I did this piece with a definite
goal of doing something rougher, less refined. While
I like my "regular" style just fine, I'm always
looking for ways to expand it, twist it, and see where
after finishing it and taking a good look, I found I
really liked it. The subject still looked alluring,
but also more hard-edged. Blue and white is not one
my usual color schemes, so I was especially happy that
I got to combine several different approaches with one
Bolt - This
piece started out as nothing more than me just goofing
around, looking to create Something. As happens frequently
when I'm goofing around, elements that seem to come
out of nowhere show up and just seem so right.
I started to work on this, I found myself removing all
the detail I could. I didn't know what I was going for
exactly, but the more sort of porcelain she looked the
more I liked it. Eventually I was left with just her
basic features, and then I added the non-sequitir background.
I still don't know what the lightning bolt pin or emblem
on her collar is supposed to mean (is she a superhero
of some sort?), but I just knew I liked it. (and if
Ispot hits are any indication, it's my most popular
- This is Scarf Girl.
I was looking to do some more muted, relaxed-looking
pieces--I was fearing that all my stuff recently was
RED! BLUE! YELLOW! BLACK!--all eye-gouging bold color,
and I wanted to prove to myself that not all my colors
needs to be 100% saturation (ah, printing humor).
it didn't take long in my color experiments to know
I wanted her sweater to be one flat color, to provide
a nice surrealistic contrast to the (relatively) realistic
features. In between trying different colors, I noticed
that good ol' White looked really, really good. I filed
that tidbit in my head (next to my thoughts of the next
Batman movie), and tried other colors to see if anything
looked better. Nothing did--white gave the whole piece
a nice feeing of openness, cleanness, like the subject
was outside on a clear day.
then worked on the backgrounds, again going for the
same muted feeling. Not getting too intricate, I found
that the shapes I had created made it look like a mountain
range, which of course fit in quite well with my little
Scarf Girl, bundled up in warm clothes as she is.
- I was conciously trying to do my newer glamour pieces
in differing styles. I figured that these were the best
times to try out new ideas and approaches which I could
maybe use later on for client assingments. If the piece
turned out good, then great! If not, they go into the
deep recesses of my portfolio, never to be seen again.
one, thankfully, turned out well I thought. I had a
fashion art 2006 calendar, and as I took it down I looked
over the pieces and remembered I had really wanted to
try one with a rough, hand-drawn sort of feel, but had
never gotten around to it in all of the year!
together the portrait was fairly easy, but I tried a
few different rough-edged outlines, all with different
colors. Black looked best, and the simple colored backgrounds
I thought worked very well as contrast. It's a very
happy, fun looking piece.
- I've had some work displayed in a couple different
art galleries (the Art Dept.
in Manchester, MI, and ZonkArts
in Center City, Philadelphia) so I work on an all-paper-and-paint
piece every now and then to have some new work to display
and, hopefully, sell. This piece is called Spirals because
I'm too unimaginative to come up with something less
not sure what this is supposed to mean or who this woman
is, exactly, I just started messing around and when
I got to this I told myself it was Done. If pressed,
I'd say the piece is maybe from a guy's POV when he's
spotted a beautiful, sexy woman at some club where there's
constant movement and noise; and in this one moment
the background fades away and they're just looking at
each other eye-to-eye. Maybe. Either way, I think it's
more "cool" looking than a lot of my other
year or two later, I was asked to donate a piece for
a charity auction, and since digital printouts wouldn't
bring much, I donated this. While I didn't get an exact
figure, I was told the piece did sell, and for a nice
amount. So I'm happy the piece now has a good home,
and was used for a worthy cause.