So for my postcard project, I wanted to make something fun for the recipient to interact with. So I pose them a question everyone (or maybe just me) has thought about: What kind of superhero would you be? What kind of powers? This is a fun concept to play around with and imagine, and one that, as a huge nerd, I have contemplated many times. I ask viewers to draw themselves as a superhero, and list their powers.
As far as the card itself, I spent 90% of my time drawing out the Green Lantern figure (he’s my favorite superhero), and converting it to a vector in Illustrator. The background images I made quickly in photoshop, sort of trying to mimic the “dot” texture of comic books to make it more interesting.
Above is my finished self-portrait! So I had tons of fun with this piece, and I think it’s successful. It turned out almost exactly as I imagined, which is good. I didn’t end up straying from my original idea much at all, but I had some technical challenges along the way that I’m glad I learned t work through. For instance, cutting and pasting, maneuvering and mirroring the original 4 or 5 clumps of trees I drew, turned out to be harder than I thought. At some point I got confused with the number of layers I had going, but I think if I had been naming them as I went I’d have had less trouble. Anyway, I figured it out well enough and am extremely pleased with this. Best self-portrait I’ve ever done, and my face is not even visible!
So for my self-portrait assignment, I won’t be sourcing any images. I want to create a self-portrait entirely through digital painting, and tools & tricks in photoshop obviously but I want it all to be my own creation. I’m a painter, and part of why I love painting so much is because it’s up to the artist, his tools, and colored blobs of liquid to create the illusion of an image that is recognizable.
As far as how I’ll be approaching the collage, I know I want to have myself in an environment I create. Landscape and nature are my favorite things to paint, sometimes with surreal aspects, but I love creating an entire world & space in my art, so what better place for my digital “me” than a landscape I created. I don’t think I want my likeness to be even necessarily the focus, but I will be there. I want to be holding a paintbrush up before a majestic landscape, and a lightning bolt of inspiration striking it.
Art was always a sort of escape for me, something I was good at and something that always made me happy. I never thought about pursuing it seriously, however, until my third year of college. I switched majors five times – I went through zoology, digital science, computer information systems, etc.… but it was through these greatly contrasting experiences that I was able to discern what it is I really wanted. And nothing made me happier than making art. Having an image in your head, an entire world, and translating it into something real and tangible on canvas, has just always been an exhilarating experience I will never tire of.
When I first started being more serious about pursuing art, I was drawn to what I was most comfortable with, and what I enjoyed the most: nature. From beginning with painting alongside Bob Ross, I became confident enough that I knew I should start expanding my horizons. I was always inspired by Renaissance period artwork, both for its photorealistic qualities, and for the passionate spirituality behind the pieces. I love working at making my art more realistic visually, but learning more about Renaissance period artwork really instilled within me a drive to make my work more meaningful, to me and to the viewer.
The vast majority of the work I make on my own is landscape-based; I gain the most inspiration from nature. I’m just recently getting into some digital painting, which I could really see myself doing something with in the future. I really love the freedom of digital media as opposed to paint itself, and I can more easily exercise concepts on photoshop than I can on canvas. One artist whose work I absolutely love is Mary Iverson. I actually stumbled across her in Hi-Fructose magazine, and was immediately drawn to her work. She does stunning paintings of landscapes, with surreal twists that allude to our personal and global relationships with the environment. It’s those kinds of questions I’d like viewers of my work to ask themselves. I already have done a fair bit of commission work over the past few years, including some album artwork for bands, and I’ve had paintings accepted to a few of the years’ past GAR foundation shows. I also participate in Kent’s annual Art in the Park festival, where local artists come to set up booths to sell work and meet other artists. Kent is a great city to begin an art career, and I’m excited to see where I’ll go with it next.
Above are my three mashup images for the blitz assignment. I didn’t necessarily think these out ahead of time, but just had a general idea and just searched google for images that could work. I wanted to do something a bit more surreal (the rocket takeoff) as opposed to something a little silly (the giraffe/turtle). The mars/moon one I came up with thinking it’d be cool to have 2 planets in one image.