Friday, December 10, 2010

I will finish this today

I cannot give a time, but today I WILL poast my Trilobite piece. The only thing keeping me from finishing it is me and I will NOT hold myself back any longer! (it does help to have all music and no tv sounds though, thats taken care of)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

DAR stamp design

MY DAR STAMP! (Daughters of American Revolution society)
so, every year our art class takes part in the contest and every time its a different theme. This time the theme was Reserving American History. so at first I thought of drawing a design with a history teacher holding a text book in one arm and gesturing with the other making look like he's really into whatever historic story he's telling the students and in the background is a scene of the founding fathers writing the constitution. didn't turn out too great. Then I thought of a picture my friend Hannah J took while she was at UArts that had the liberty bell in it and figured eh, I'll grab a quote and go with it. (most artists advise against making artwork based on photographs because you don't have much power in controlling the composition and other factors like lighting but at this point I really needed the darn thing done and Hannah's an awesome photographer so i wasn't too concerned) and to my surprise it came out pretty awesome [THANK YOU HANNAH!] but it still didn't really fit the theme so I stuck a tourist snapping a photo in it which gave it some spacial balance

and yes I know I have no sense in fonts
In other news: my crinoid should be done fri or sat and I'm going to be interviewed at Rowan this Sunday. ironically that's the same day NJ's been promised arctic chill and we've been advised to stay home and drink hot cocoa :P I'm sure it will be fun anyway

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


motivational post, this is a little view of the colors I'm using for the crinoids I sketched and posted previously. can't seem to get very far though. maybe i'm feeling pressured to keep it light(?) anyways, i'll try to finish it sometime this week

Friday, November 26, 2010

sneak peek (haha and the spell check doesn't recognize what Crinoid is)

This is the final sketch of my next project which will be color pencil maybe accented with some water color (still working that out). Its based off another of my dads fossil collection called a Crinoid(aka Sea Lilly), and it's one of the most interesting  because the earth pushed the crinoids in all different directions almost giving you a different point of view to every side of them  and i think there are three different species (depending whether the octopus looking one is the same as the biggest one or if it looks like an octopus all around)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

me hermana

First, a lot of this is cutt off because the scanner wasn't big enough for the whole thing, there's a bit more blanket, ending just before the knee and you see most of the corner and arm of the couch.
Second, this is a picture based off a sketch I made of my sister which came out relatively good, but the longer I looked at it the more I began to get the impression that she was sad in her sleep... which kinda bugs me...
well what-ever I have something done now and I'm almost finished with that still life I started and quit about a month ago so thats good

you can expect a post sometime around thanks giving or this weekend showing the still life from a month ago and another one I started last week at school complete (hopefully) and an update on a new fossil project I'm starting (it's another crinoid :3)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I would so much love to be done with it

I have no idea why, but the scanner made this look greener than it actually is. There is sandy yellows and browns that don't mix with the blue to make the entire thing green (just thought you ought to know that) also, these things are fun, but this messed up my one piece/ week goal :( and I realize that the composition's a little screwy, but maybe I can get away with it by making more hallo-y type mark things to make it look like rock layers or something :/

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ammonite, pastell experiment

This is a mixed media experiment with tan, brown and blue oil pastell and water color splashed underneath. With the ammonite (shell fish fissile) in front of me, I began to scratch out the pastell to make the pattern. It was a progressive learning experiment and I'm trying to focus on what the professors at Arcadia, UArts, Kutstown, Rowan, Marywood etc. advised me to do when I went to national portfolio day which included to draw BIG, be creative/ original, and have loooooots of STRONG work. What I gather from this is that I'm pretty good at this technique, but it's tiny (one professor said very bluntly that having small work meant I had small ideas) I don't know how this would work out as a big piece, but I'll make my future pastel works as big as I can manage along with big figure drawing WITH FACES and get in some big still lifes :3
also, it's a three day week so I'll try to muster up a couple works during my free time

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Here it is!

alrighty so that was delayed a little (sorry) suddenly my scanner decided he didn't want to scan my paintings anymore. (i think he's jelous that i make such awesome stuff that he can't make cool stuff)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Here comes the best story ever:

I had this done for days but couldn't find out how to upload it. Then today I saw "Save to Web" and was all, "what could this do?" and guess what? It worked 0_0

Monday, October 25, 2010

sorry to keep nobody waiting but... you'll just have to bare it a little longer :/

haha so... ya
I'm painfully aware I haven't posted a thing in almost two weeks (or sometime... too... long?) which is not very great or good or ok... at all... but I promise you I have been active in sketching and experimenting and uneventful/ productive experimenting XP and this Friday or during the long weekend next week I'll upload what I've been up to including this stubborn photoshop project I finished who refuses to upload on the school computers

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A New Acrylic Piece

alright! so this painting i started Sunday night. Its based off a still life I put together which includes a vine-like plant that's been living in a glass filled just with water so you can see all it's roots twisting around which I think is really cool. Next to it is a ball of recycled-silk yarn that is made of primarily red-violet silk that is spun with various other silks of yellow, red, orange and some occasional turquoise. The ball and the plant are sitting on a chest (the goldish bronze ring is where the opening of the chest is) which is draped with a pinkish fabric.This painting style is relatively new to me, I've never painted too thickly with acrylic. But at UArts, my painting figures teacher, Rebbecca, would push me to just put it down. Let it be thick and don't poke the canvas (that woman had such patience with me). so there I sat looking at the blank canvas. Paintbrush ready, I hesitated for a second, then thought: "a screw it" and just slapped it on. It seems to be working so far. The leaves need some more tweaks as dose the yarn, and as you might notice, theres a branch that was painted over that I might want to put back in because I like roots

So, if I keep at it after school every afternoon I predict I'll be able to finish this by thursday/ friday

Saturday, October 9, 2010

SATs are OVER!!!!!!

so... hey guys, ya, was sourt of static and unmotivated yestorday to do anything with 7:30 am SATs looming over my head friday night so, SATs are over and
anyways heres the end results of my 1st jellyfish monoprint and epic jelly vrs squidly battle with the monoprint medium which I've decided isn't really necessary. (this first picture does not have the medium)
and the felt thing in the press I used to transfer the paint on the plastic sheet onto the damp paper which I think was a little too saturatedand also, I sourt of wish the battle scene was just a little more trim BECAUSE THE JELLYFISH LOOKS LIKE ITS MELTING AND IM ALL LIKE :D !!!!!!! 8D

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yay for epiphanies!

 I've been having some fun with monoprinting this week. In the back corner of a closet I discovered a mysterious monoprint type medium that's supposed to lighten the value of the paint and the results got me all twisted up with epiphanies, which is a good thing, and I also found in my exploration of class room clossets an acrylic medium that has a "sandy" texture which is super exciting and perfect for my next project with dad's trilobite.
so tommorrow (friday) I'll post the photos of the end result of my epic monoprint experimentations which really turned out to be a bit of a mess  (but a good sourt of mess).
What I learned: medium isn't necessary, just paint light where its light and add black where it's dark.
also, whipe down the soggy paper so the paint doesn't blead all over the place, even though it's awesome how it looks like the jellyfish is melting/ collapsing over the force of the giant squid, too much bleeding is just messy sloppy and leaves the impression that someone sneazed paint on it and it conveniently looks like a jellyfish grappling a squid (0_0)b

Friday, October 1, 2010


The complete painting! The largest  shell on upper left corner is a type of oyster. Its flat and made of of layers of planes. Beside it is a chunk of coral. On the second lowest level is a piece of bluish grey shell which I believe is either a helmet shell or a conch, maybe a whelk. Occupying the lowest left corner is a type of shell that I believe belongs to a moon snail. I loved working the details for the oyster and the color works on the moon-snail shell. Painting the paper bag folds was also fun

Monday, September 27, 2010

How did he get in there?

I took some breaks painting to do sketches. On this page I was drelling on the mysterious decline of tropical frogs in the wile and I felt inspired to sketch a few and a bottle. I was in the mood for practicing color line drawing. and I was thinking of how  I could express my concerns over the frogs symbolically. The idea that they were in trouble and had to find a way to escape the disease/ fungi/ ? inspired an idea for a piece in which one would be trapped in a bottle with a nozzle obviously too small for him to squeeze through. It was one of those creative brainstorm journeys that are difficult to explain when it's over.
I also dribbled coffee by accident on the page and decided to outline a snail with two shells over it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


For my next independent study project I decided to create a watercolor painting of a still life of some shells in a crumbled up paper bag . Below are pencil sketches in progression: 9/14/109/17/10

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm not sketching youuu >8) ha ok yes I am

Nothing like some good-ol' sibling bonding eh? My brother was far away in dream land when I decided to sit down and sketch him. He acknowledged my existence for a short moment before going  going back to sleep. My goal was to record his figure quickly and accurately on the first page so the markings are rough. I made the same attempt when I moved in to draw his face... I think he moved because his lips are a bit lopsided and the flaring nostrils aren't too appealing either. The bottom photograph is a mobile picture of him and my poo-bear keychain

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I can only imagine thats how you would spell a drum roll haha. anyway... THE WAIT IS OVER! my self portrait/ collage is done. I don't really like the hand but for my 1st official collage I'm not complaining :3

Monday, September 6, 2010


The collage has evolved into an experiment to test a theory as to whether the thousands of pieces making up the simple shapes of the background will make any significant contrast with the more whole pieces that make up my person. How much does the texture of different elements affect the overall two-dimensional design?
One thing I've learned from this project so far: organization is essential. Also, newspaper print comes off very easily on your fingers if they're sticky with glue or just clammy. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Posative Negative space

 Another work for independent study. Its a black and white negative space piece of a frog on a water-lily pad in the foreground with lilies and a tree growing in the background. Medium: india ink

My self portrait rough draft

This is a rough for one of my first projects for my independent study. Its a greyscale self portrait drawn in graphite (drawn from life).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Gig Poster

So this is the start of my art blog. I figured I should open it with this gig poster I made in the University of the Arts Youth program I attended in philly over the summer. I know I'm just starting out, but I'm excited to see how my artwork changes as time passes