Monday, May 27, 2013

Organism Project (Auklet - Finale)

I never thought this day would come, but I'm proud to say I finally finished my Auklet drawing.  After gaining and losing interest several times over the past 10 months (1, 2, 3), I decided to use my day off to watch some Arrested Development and finish this personal project.  But speaking of unfinished personal projects, you may have noticed I put an end to the daily Project Doodle I started in January.  It started to feel like something I had to do instead of something I wanted to do, and it was taking time away from art that I actually wanted to make, which defeated the purpose.  Who knows, maybe I will be inspired 6 months from now and decide to finish it.

Anyway, here is my Auklet drawing!
Whiskered Auklet Mug Shot - pen, ink and color pencil

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Flies and Egon

Sadly my production of artwork has been close to none these past three weeks.  Even though I graduated, I feel just as busy as when I was taking classes (somehow), but this weekend I'm going to make some artistic goals for myself for the summer.  Hopefully that will get me goin'.

The Fly 'Houle'-igans
In the meantime, this here collection of flies above is the only artwork I've made this summer.  A year or two ago, I made some name tags for all the people in the lab I work in, which included these little cartoon flies.  Each fly has its own unique set of mutations (some real, some not-so-real), and this summer we hired a few new people, so I got to add some new flies to the 'Houle'-igans collection!

Aside from fly doodles, I just finished reading a book on the artist Egon Schiele called Egon Schiele: Drawings & Watercolors, by Jane Kallir:

It would be a crime if I didn't talk about his art at some point in this blog, so I think now is the time to do it.  Egon Schiele painted over 100 self-portraits in his lifetime, was one of the first artists to paint himself naked (and show it publicly), and became one of the most successful young artists, dying at the age of 28.  Schiele is notorious for his overtly sexual portraits, not only for their shocking honesty, but for the new purpose he gave nudity in art.  Instead of being pornographic or idealistic portraits of the human figure, Schiele portrays his figures as grotesque, starved, contorted bodies, exposing themselves awkwardly to the viewer.  By removing the aesthetically pleasing and sensual aspect of the nude figure, Schiele allows nudity to express undertones of anguish, vulnerability, anxiety, and deep psychological aspects of the model and himself.  Due to this extreme openness in Schiele's artwork, many perceive his life's work as a personal diary, revealing every intimate and embarrassing detail of adolescence.

I could go on all day about him, so I'll leave it at this.  But if any of you are interested, you should totally read this book.

And because I literally couldn't choose, here is a massive amount of Egon Schiele's work:

Landscapes and Flowers:
The Door to the Open, 1912, watercolor and pencil
House with Drying Laundry, 1917, oil on canvas
Wilted Sunflower, 1912, gouache and pencil

Portraits and Nudes:
Nude Girl with Folded Arms (Gerti), 1910, watercolor and black crayon
Semi-Nude Girl with Red Hair (Kneeling Girl), 1917, gouache and black crayon
Schiele, Drawing a Nude Model Before a Mirror, 1910, pencil
Two Girls on Fringed Blanket, 1911, gouache, watercolor, ink and pencil
Two Girls, Lying Entertwined, 1915, gouache and pencil
Woman Undressing, 1914, gouache and pencil

Edith and Wally:
Edith Schiele, 1918, black crayon
Edith Schiele, Seated, 1915, gouache, watercolor, and black crayon
Lovers (Self-Portrait with Wally), 1915, gouache, watercolor, and pencil
Seated Couple (Egon and Edith Schiele), 1915, gouache and pencil

Allegorical Paintings:
Cardinal and Nun (Caress), 1912, oil on canvas
Death and Man II (The Self-Seers), 1911, oil on canvas
Death and the Maiden (Man and Girl), 1915, oil on canvas
Mother and Child (Madonna), 1908, sanguine, charcoal and white chalk
Transfiguration (The Blind II), 1915, oil on canvas
Young Mother, 1914, oil on canvas

Nude Self-Portrait, 1912, ink and black crayon
Seated Male Nude (Self-Portrait), 1910, oil and gouache on canvas
Self-Portrait with Hand to Cheek, 1910, gouache, watercolor, and charcoal
Self-Portrait, 1910, gouache, watercolor and black crayon
Self-Portrait with Arm Twisted Above Head, 1910, watercolor and charcoal

Monday, May 6, 2013

Figure Drawing II Portfolio

So my last semester as an undergraduate has come to an end.  It's weird to think I'll never take another class at FSU, and even weirder that I'll have to find my own models now (any volunteers...?).  But I'm unbelievably excited to move on and start the next part of my life.  Before I commence on new ideas though, here is my last Figure Drawing portfolio/strange homage to my time at FSU.  I met so many awesome, funny, intelligent, unique people here, and I wish you guys all the best (even though I already know you're going to do great things in your lives).

Color Portrait - chalk pastel on blueish-grey paper
Torso Study - white charcoal on black paper
Conte Study - conte on cream paper
Final Project1 - color pencil on yellow cream paper
Final Project1 (close-up)
Final Project2 - chalk pastel on red paper
Final Project3 - color pencil on orange cream paper
Final Project3 (close-up)
Final Project4 - chalk pastel on blue paper
Final Project5 - color pencil on olive green paper