Sketchbook Saturdays: Magazine Practice

I don’t know if anyone in the world really cares to see my process as an artist. Well to bad world I’m posting it anyway. 1. in case someone out there finds my various sketches and doodles inspiring or helpful and 2. because I would like to have my skethbooks preserved for posterity in case something terrible happens to them. Some have already fallen prey to spilled cups of tea, water, and sun damage so I’m getting things together quick.

Today I’m sharing some of my practice sketches. ^_^

One of my favorite ways to improve my drawing skills that I haven’t practiced in a long time is to take images from magazines and try to draw them. Doesn’t always turn out great, but it is a quick and easy to take what you see and recreate it. As far as I know still lifes are still the number one way to improve art skills and gain a deeper understanding of how scale and size and shadow work. However we can’t always have a convenient pile of random things to draw in front of us, so hence I turn to magazines. Plus its already 2D, which I realize is cheating but it makes me feel better.

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L is for Love

Acrylic Paint, Found Words, Ballpoint Pen, Red Fabric

I really  love this piece. It is one of my favorite collages and it is also one of my oldest. I created this in 2008 while I was still in high school but the composition and relevancy has aged well. I started this mixed media image by color blocking blue and green paint. I liked the haphazard effect. The rest was inspired by the found image of the girl with flowers. I think she was originally from a sketchers advertisement by I appropirated her to represent the teen girls search for love.

The petals were the final touch and I feel they give a lot of movement to the work. Its quite small only  6″ x 4″ on watercolor paper. I use it as a jumping point for a lot of my later work because I felt it was so successful. Its still hanging up in my house today.

Entry into Printmaking

This piece was a mock-up for my final print making project in my ARTS 1010 class from fall semester 2010. For the project I was playing with the roles I take on, and the roles given to me by others. I decided to incorporate collage in the background because I thought it was innovative, like nothing anyone else was doing in the class, and kind of connected to the idea of taking on roles from all the propaganda experienced in the day to day.

I made this mockup becuase I had no idea what the printing ink would do on an uneven surface, or on magazine paper. As you can see it turned out really cool. I also was unsure of what color I wanted to do. In the end I had four two-sided prints: One side had colored words with white ink (more similar to this example) and the other had black and white words with black ink. I was really happy with the final product and got an A for the project. I will post the final series at a later date.