I guess every blog has to start somewhere, although in this instance, as in many others, this beginning is an end.
I have, until this point, used Facebook as my primary vehicle to share my art work and thoughts. This blog and this website is shift to a wider audience, although I will continue to share what happens here, there. This blog will in many ways be a place where I share my daily sketches and work, some of which may make it to other areas of the site, should they warrant it, so perhaps it is appropriate to briefly describe what you will find on this site.
Works on Paper
As it implies, these are pieces that primarily take place on paper of one variety or another. I am first and foremost a fine artist with a penchant for drawing, so what lands on these pages are works made as works of art meant to express my ideas, concepts, etc.
- Random Contacts: Facebook allows us all to make new and reanimate old friendships, but most of these friends are what would once be called loose connections. I found myself wondering just what I could discover about my Facebook friends solely from their online profiles. I wanted to try and capture that online person in a small drawing, done over the period of one lunch hour, and then share it with my subject to reflect back at them the person they claim to be. And perhaps, in my naivety, I wanted to tighten that loose tie.
- Business Card Portraits: About a year ago I got this idea that I wanted to do a series of small portraits featuring my Facebook friends (eventually to become Random contacts). I had a problem, though, I was rubbish at drawing portraits of any kind. So, I undertook the project of making myself a better portraitist by spending many of my lunch periods drawing small portraits of imaginary characters from my trove of undeveloped characters I hoped to eventually include in a graphic novel or short story on the back of business cards. I came to enjoy doing this so much that it has become one of my normal routines during my lunch break.
- Interstitial Drawings: The momentum of life, the making of money and other acts required to survive often push the making of art to a proscribed time and place set aside for that activity. In an attempt to find a set time and place to make work that I kept pushing to the circumference and never finishing I initially decided to use my federally mandated lunch hour at work to conceive and create small pieces of work, usually on business cards. As this became a habit I began to look for other small chunks of time to produce: the 3-5 minutes of rendering for work projects, the 10 minutes of dead time before my students arrive for class or even the minute or two waiting for an order. This work all occurs during those interstitial gaps in my work and home schedules.
- Abstract-Conceptual: Occasionally I have an idea or concept that just won't fit into the classic narrative structure in which I tend to work. Or, I just want to draw without a definitive end in sight, reacting to what I have just put down and counting on my gut to tell me when it is done. These are a few of those exercises.
- Remade Pages and Collages: One of my occasional passions is using found paper and images to create collages that express something about who I am at that moment. In a similar vein I occasionally stumble across a discarded book and use the images and pages within as fodder to inspire a piece.
- Miscellany: The catch-all for some of my drawing experiments, particularly with medium and material, as well as pieces that don't fit anywhere else.
Illustration/ Graphic Design
Again, as the category implies these are pieces done for a specific project: either for pay, in exchange or for demonstration purposes for specific prospective clients. The sub-categories are pretty descriptive of what is found within, with the "Other" category holding pieces for the oddball illustration projects I undertake like graphic novel, short story and poetry illustration.