Archive for June, 2010

Art

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Have you ever gone to an art museum and found yourself incredibly touched by a piece of art? So much so that you cannot seem to pull yourself away and the other viewers are intimidated to come up and view it? Have you ever found yourself on the brink of tears by looking at something? Well, all of the above happend to me on Wednesday when some co-workers and I went out to the Kimball Art Museum, Modern, and Community Arts Center in Fort Worth.

Here are a few of my favs from that day:

Pieter Jansz, Interior of the Buurkerk, Utrecht

(My fav from the Western Art permanent collection)

Soga Shohaku, Shoki Ensnaring a Demon in a Spiderweb

(fav from the Western Art permanent collection) This piece had a very touching back story, which inevitably brought me to tears much to the chagrin of Museum Employees and fellow companions alike.

“Shoki, the subject of this painting, is the Japanese name of a Chinese popular hero, Zhong Kui, who lived in the seventh century. Unjustly defrauded of a first-rank grade in his civil examinations, Zhong Kui committed suicide on the steps of the imperial palace. The emperor then ordered that he be buried with high honors in a green robe reserved for the imperial family. Out of gratitude, Zhong Kui’s spirit dedicated itself to protecting the empire from demons.

Shoki the Demon Queller became a popular subject of Japanese painting in the Edo period, and Shohaku painted it in many versions, always with humor and imagination. Though executed in ink with strong and forceful strokes, his paintings are never extreme in their exaggerations but marked by a refinement of brushwork that lies at the core of his achievement.” (credit to the Kimball Art Museum’s website)

Yosa Buson, Landscape with a Solitary Traveler

I like lonely compositions I suppose.

Jean Simeon Chardin, Young Student Drawing

I could just relate to this painting.

Louis Leopold Boilly, The Geography Lesson

Louis Leopold Boilly, The Geography Lesson

This one has been in the Kimball’s permanent collection for the longest time, and whenever I see it there it’s like revisiting an old friend. It always manages to make me smile when I turn the corner to see it. I LOVE the textiles and how thick the paper maps look, and the angelic, placid look on the girls face. Love it.

James Ensor, Skeletons Warming Themselves

Also loved the back story of this one- “James Ensor was one of the most original painters of the late nineteenth century. Populated with masks and skeletons, his macabre images are morbid commentaries on the human condition, his hometown of Ostend on the North Sea, Belgian history, and his own mortality. Human bones were regularly uncovered in Ostend well into the twentieth century, residue of the carnage there during early seventeenth-century warfare, and Ensor retained childhood memories of their exhumation. In 1888 he made a little etching of himself as a reclining skeleton in slippers, entitled My Portrait in 1960 (that is, at age one hundred).

Belonging to a group of closely related paintings from the late 1880s, the enigmatic Skeletons Warming Themselves is among the artist’s masterpieces. He has placed three dressed-up skeletons in the foreground around a stove on which is written “Pas de feu” and under it “en trouverez vous demain?”—“No fire. Will you find any tomorrow?” The skeletons are accompanied by a palette and brush, a violin, and a lamp. Presumably Ensor intended these items to symbolize art, music, and literature. If so, the probable implication is that artistic inspiration, or patronage to support it, has expired. Understood as a scene in an artist’s studio, Skeletons Warming Themselves resembles a vignette from the popular medieval and early Renaissance print cycles of the Dance of Death, each print portraying skeletons as an allegorical comment on the vanities of a particular profession or social type. X-radiographs reveal another finished picture beneath this scene. It is a bust-length portrait of a young girl, probably painted before 1883. Ensor’s reuse of an earlier canvas may reflect his own difficult economic condition in 1889.”- (credit to the Kimball Art Museum website)

Edvard Munch, Girls on the Pier

Egon Schiele, Edith Schiele

Also, a very interesting person. Read about Schiele here.

So, after letting all this art inspiration mull around in my head for the remainder of the week, I came home after work on friday and started a drawing (of completely unrelated subject matter.)

Untitled

The style of this painting was an experiment for me in the style of Yoshitaka Amano, an anime artist (of all things) who has dazzling pattern work in most of his paintings.

Yoshitaka Amano

Sorry this post was a bit all over the place, but I have been very scatterbrained the past few days (which I think is actually a trait shared by most artists.) Anywho, next time you find yourself perusing online galleries, or in a museum take the time to look closely at a peice that resonates with you and think about why it speaks to you. You’d be surprised at how much insight you can gain from a work of art someone else painted over 500 years ago.

Have a good one,

Jen

Fashion Icon

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

2 new posts in 2 days?! I am truly spoiling you. I guess this weekend just got me in the mood to doodle, which is great because I feel like I haven’t done as much drawing as I did about 3 years ago. It’s nice to be back!

Anyway, today I’d like to discuss with you something very awkward, and that is the phenomenon of girl crushes. I, a lady, am not so… ahem… inclined… However, when it comes to Zooey Deschanel I just cant get enough. I love this girl! Her singing voice is very matter-of-fact as is (or so it seems) her personality. Shes cute, bubbly, slightly sarcastic and has fabulous fashion sense!

This girl is bringing modesty back y’all… Modest is hottest! Classy gal y’all, classy. What can I say? Shes all that and a bag of chips. Today, this *awkward fanaticism was translated into art. Enjoy.

(I apologize for the color. As mentioned before, my paper is too big for my scanner so I have to photograph things. Hence the blueish tint for the colored one and the weird mid tone vignette on the other one)

On a random note, I am also disproportionately obsessed with Ethiopian Jazz right now, particularly that of Mulatu Astatke. Check it out.

Have a good week y’all!

Jen

*P.S. I know Zooey (probably) isn’t a smoker- I just wanted to have some movement in the drawing.

Evan’s Adventure Suit

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

For some reason yesterday my friend Evan and I got to talking about awesome adventurers and their outfits. (I should preface this story by telling you that Evan is a man of science, particularly science pertaining to the sea.) But think about it, Steve Irwin, Jacques Cousteau, Magellan, Buzz Aldrin, Steve Zissou, Jane Goodall and probably that 16 year old girl navigating the ocean on a sailboat ALL have great explorer outfits. Examples-

Jacques Cousteau

Steve and Ned Zissou (striking similarity with their outfits and Cousteau's hmm?)

"Crikey! She's a BEAUT!" -Steve Irwin

Probably the most pimp explorer suit ever

Buzz Aldrin

So, what I wanted to do for Evan was to combine all of the best elements of these explorers outfits (i.e. Kaki shorts, feathers, bow ties, red knit cap, facial hair, moon boots etc), with the sleek sophistication of Mr.Peanut and Bubble Boy. Its form meets function people.

Voila! Evans Adventure Suit!

Also available for dog companions. (BTW, he’s weighing the hammerhead, not killing it)

Im planning to color it in, but I thought it might be nice if I let you, the viewer have the chance. Drag the image to your desktop and use M.S. Paint or Photoshop to color this in. Email me the results at 5feetheat@gmail.com. I will post the colored in versions in my next post (if there are any submissions.)

Lets all imagine the baller explorer suits of our own!

Jen

Cave Dwelling Mammals

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hello all! I have been trying to be productive artistically lately aside from what I have been doing at work. I want to be one of those bad-asses that does art for a living and then goes home and does more art. Its important to me to stay productive in many artistic ventures, I dont want to get burned out! Anyway, over the long weekend I told myself I wanted to get at least two drawings done- here are the results!

Micron and Prisma Marker

Shoes taken from this blog. Celine wedges I suppose. Other than that, I truly have no idea what sparked this idea. Its a culmination of sea inspired jackets and color palette, with just a hint of native America? WTF? Its a little convoluted, I think I’ll try something similar later but a bit more cohesive. But, I did like the line weight and the color palette… Not to mention her sweet do. The jacket was partially inspired by

The Sea King from the Miyazaki film, Ponyo

(Ponyo is pretty rad, btw…)

This concept is way better.

Here is just the straight up line drawing-

(My scanner is too dinky to capture the whole thing, so for the full color one I had to resort to using my camera. Sorry the color is a bit off. I’ll re-photograph it in the sun later on)

About a year ago I came up with the idea to do a ‘cave girl’ fashion theme illustration set. I’m sure I’m not the first one to do this, but I really like human anthropology! Plus, bad-ass lady warriors! What’s not awesome about THAT?! Also, that amazing earring idea came from this (local) Dallas designer. I WANT IT.

Hope you enjoyed the journey to girly fashion warrior world!

<3

Jen