Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
This is a panoramic image of the mural I just completed for the Living Arts and Science Center, a wonderful organization that among other things, has a yearly exhibit in their discovery room. This years exhibit is entitled "Amazing Animal Adaptations", and I was honored to be asked to paint background images for the different biotopes in this exhibit.
Please try to visit the exhibit in person, their is a beautiful Iguana who I had the pleasure of adding some home decor for! Also take a moment to read the artists statement and acknowledgments as well as looking at the pictures.
"""Since childhood I’ve been drawn to the point where fine art meets scientific illustration. As a youngster I loved looking at detailed illustrations of prehistoric creatures much more than the typical photographs of living animals. This fascination did not diminish in adolescence and the original nature artwork always seemed to hold my interest, whether it was from a publication or on the wall of a museum. Art has always held a power of information for me, as a viewer and creator. When creating the backdrop murals for this current exhibit, I was delighted to be able to put this passion to use.
I am very honored to be able to participate in the creation of the Animal Adaptations exhibit at the Living Arts and Science Center. Without the assistance of all the Staff at the LASC this would not have been possible. I would like to also commend the creative talents of the exhibit designers Katherine and Tisha, who gave excellent art direction on incorporating the painting into the exhibit. I can now say that I have had the pleasure of painting an Iguana’s cage in the colors of his rainforest home!"""
I would also like to thank Heather Lyons and the Board and executives of the Living Arts and Science center for commissioning the mural for this exhibit. Of course I would like to thank Katherine Bullock and Tisha Weaver for creating such an awesome exhibit. Finally I would like to also thank LeAnn Jenkins for lending me her ladder and Elaine Quave and Steven Littrell for volunteering to open and close the facility when I needed to work late. Without all of their help I could not have completed what I think is one of the most interesting applications of painting and display of my artistic career.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Rasterizer is the title and name of my entry for the D-mag comic book themed mascot contest.
I created Rasterizer based on my love of photoshop and digital painting and the rasterizor represnets that love of artistry and it's strange juxtaposition aside digital technology. Can a robot create, can it think? Or does the machine just speed up our own human creative potential?
I began with a rough sketch I did in pencil and paper then moved into a digital painting in an 8"X8" template I use in RGB. I borrowed some techniques from some of my favorite 'robot and mecha' artists Feng Zhu and Doug Chiang for rasterizor and also had a great time using the awesome brushsets from concept on a Mac which was recommended to me by Patrick Rodes, a very talented former pupil of mine.
Here are some details about Rasterizer, I hope you enjoy.