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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Alfred Mendoza - Tribal/Graffiti

Amanda Cobb - Tribal/Graffiti

Colleen Morey - Cartoon/Comic

Eric Prowker - Steampunk

Erin Anderson - Cartoon/Comic

Gail Priday - Tribal/Graffiti

Heidi Morel - Biomech

Tatiana Piatanova - Biomech

Tiffany Stapler - Geek

Adam Schiesl - Cartoon/Comic


I was inspired by the small handmade comic books that Jamie Smith brought in for our class.  I love these little books because they tend to have more character and quirks.  So at this point I decided that I wanted to make my own little comic book. I wanted it to be narrative and reflect my view of the world as a child. 

I chose the time I went to New York City and rode the subway for the first time when I was about nine years old.  It was terrifying because it was the first time I had been surrounded by that many people.  I decided to make the narrative in my comic book flash back and forth between what actually happened and what I remember happening.  For example, one frame will be of my father guiding me down the street of large buildings and crowded streets.  I was afraid of these large buildings; I remember them towering over me as if they were going to haunt me forever.  I remember the people being exotic and frightening like monsters. 

For this project I’ve been referencing comic books lent to me by Erin Henderson: Chosen by Mark Miller and Peter Gross and Slow Storm by Danica Novgordoff. 


To begin, I treated a sheet of BFK Rieves light weight paper with layers of waterproof ink, water, and white acrylic.  I treated both sides, to prevent the paper from curling, and because I was going to fold the paper into pages of a book.  Once the paper dried I tore my paper into three sections which I then folded in half to make the pages of my comic book.  On each page that will contain a frame, I drew a box with ink. 

These are the supplies I used to do my paper treatement.


I tore the paper into three sections and then folded them half to create the pages. Next, I made the cover for my comic book which is a combination of illustration board, lots of modge podge, more treated paper, and gray computer paper. The illustration board is used for the hard cover and computer paper was used for the border and to bind the illustration boards together at the spine. I used another sheet of treated BFK Rieves light weight paper for the inside and outside of the book cover. Once I am done with my drawings on the pages I will use thread to bind the pages to the spine. For the cover of my comic book, I used illustration board and tons of modge podge and covered it with more treated paper. The cover for my comic book.


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Paper: 26×40 inch BFK Rieves light weight, illustration board, computer paper 

Media: salt treatment, waterproof ink, non waterproof ink, ink washes, and pen with ink 


Jamie Smith, creator of the cartoon “Nuggets,” came into our class on Tuesday and gave us a brief lecture on cartoons and comics.  It was interesting to look at all the different styles and techniques used in creating successful illustrations.

He brought in a nice variety of comic books for the class to enjoy.

The last half of class was focused on linear perspective.  Laura did a brief overview on one and two point perspective and then we worked from the still life.  Using our imagination and what we just learned from Jamie, we transformed our drawing into a cartoon/comic.  Using a favorite phrase or lyrics to a song, students divided their drawing into panels and then altered their drawings to reflect their phrase. Fun and challenging.

**Our out of class assignment this week is to create our own comic/cartoon drawing and to make sure we include linear perspective.**

As we do every Thursday, we broke into groups to discuss our ideas for the biomech, geek, sci-fi , and post-apocalyptic out of class project. Laura then gave us a quick lecture on where we could get good supplies like the awesome pastel card we were given a taste of last class. Unfortunately living in Fairbanks, AK means that it’s difficult and sometimes impossible to find good art supplies locally for reasonable prices, so online shopping is often a must.

The still-life from last time was still set up, so many of us continued work on the in-class assignment from last time.

Some students began work on their out of class projects.

We walked into a dimly lit room with a large still life set up on the center table.

Adam and Laura gave a presentation on Geek, Science, Sci-fi, Biomechanical and Post Apocalyptic subcultures and art. The lecture covered everything from DNA paintings and math robots to genetically modified rabbits.Geek Art - Artist unknown

Here Laura demonstrates working with pastels on 7-layer pastel board. She gave advice and showed various techniques for working with the roughly textured paper.

Black and white are not entire range of grays are needed to give depth to a piece. We saw that some grays are blue toned while others contain orangy red tones. We were instructed to use a full grayscale in our work. Once we all found a portion of the still life to draw, everyone got to work. It seems that the 7-layer pastel card was well received. The rough texture could handle so many layers of chalk or ink that it created a feeling of freedom as you could simply rub out mistakes or draw over them.

The following images show student works in progress. While most students chose to work with charcoal and pastels, a few used ink. The variety of style, composition, technique, focal points and creativity contibuted to the array of work shown. Such diversity is always so inspiring. It is hard to believe that everyone heard the same lecture, used generally the same materials, worked from the same still life, yet came up with such individual outcomes. While the images below are works in progress, you can already see a full range of value, strong compositions and interesting use of line and form.

Eric working with pen and ink during class. For this week, we studied PUNK influenced art.

This week we are covering the punk subcultures, 70’s, steam-punk, cyberpunk, diesel punk.  I found that these genres are very enthusiastic and have a lot of energy in the style.  It is based on a “Do it yourself” philosophy, influencing the art to have an independent quality.   I also found it interesting how these genres would take eras from history and make them into something new.  It opens up a lot of new possibilities, allowing new ideas and concepts to be born by combining two or more existing ones.

Shaving cream mixed with ink makes an interesting paper treatment.

Lora working on her epic paper treatment.

Heidi Morel, star MFA student, sketching ideas in her secret notebook.

Amanda drawing steam-punk paraphernalia.

Mr. Mendoza and his cyber-punk sketch.

H.R. Giger's work is an example of sub-genre art.

Gail demonstrates a bubble and ink paper treatment.

Gail demonstrates the bubble and ink paper treatment: combine liquid soap and ink, blow bubbles into the mix through a straw, then apply paper to bubbles to create a circular bubble pattern.

More bubbles!


On Tuesday February 2 Laura taught us about the different genres of punk: from 70’s punk and their Anti-movement to Diesel punk that has just started to emerge.

70’s punk was brought around by the gas shortage of the early seventies. This was a time where people could not get jobs and had restricted gas supply. Being a young person in this time was hard. Up sprung the punks, they had the motto DIY(do it yourself). Their art movement was to ‘destroy’  already made art, but when you change art you make new art.

Later on in the 80’s, a new type of punk came about known as cyber punk.  These were the people that build their own computers and later on became part of the grey-hack hacking. They shared programs and different games which were all copy written.

Steam punk came around int the late 90’s early 00’s. They describe themselves as neo-Victorian. The way they differ from other genres in not only they are very time period based but also they take things that we have today such as a computer and make them so they work and appear they way they might have at the turn of the century: gears, brass, cogs, and wood are all key elements to their art. They see art as a way of life.

Diesel punk is the newest one that can be put into a sub culture.  Here they also are a time period punk.  Where steampunk is about things looking steamed powered, diesel punk is about the industrial revolution. there clothing and style of art is from the Great War (WWI):  sheet metal, gears and rivets.


In class we learned about line and proportion. Our lines were inspired by the different punk movements.

includes steampunk, cyberpunk, deiselpunk

We also learned how to help make our drawings to have better proportions. First have your string with a weight!

Next pick what you want in your picture and where center is in your picture. Once thats done mark the center of your page.

After that, measure the object that is your focus.  You will be using this to base size for all your other objects. note how many widths are in the length or visa verse.  Mark on your you paper the ‘box’ the object will go in.

Add “Camp”  to Kitsch for Week 6.

Adam gave a presentation on ritual scarification. He brought many lovely images to peruse.

All us undergrads got our own grad student to discuss our research projects with. I was in a group with Adam. We discussed making tribal tattoos and graffiti.

After finishing our discussions, we worked on paper treatments and our out of class drawings relating to graffiti and tribal.

The skeleton was very popular this day.

Amanda working.

After looking at Adam's presentation pictures of scarification, I made a connection between the scar images and tire impressions in snow. I decided to incorporate this idea in my out of class work.

Another snow impression.

I tried using my car tires to do paper treatments.

My car tires were not giving me the desired results. So I ended up using a dolly in the Art Department to create these scar inspired paper treatments.

I began working from home later in the week. My desk is not as tidy as Adam's. So I worked from my couch.

A year ago I had a dream there was an entire clay village existing inside my wood stove. Talking about tribal culture in a historical context in class, reminded me of this dream. I also thought the lines of my wood stove could be incorporated into the Western tattoo aesthetic of 'tribal.'

So far I've started by sketching out my wood stove. It's looking dumpy. I've got a lot of work left to do. In the final drawing, I plan on incorporating my dream and the Western tribal aesthetic.

The class started with a lecture/demo from Laura. She always has very interesting and unconventional tricks up her sleeve.

Laura is showing us how to create an additional texture to complement drawing with a white school glue.

What kind of marks you make on paper to create your reality is the most important thing in drawing. The more you have in your vocabulary, the more eloquent you are…

Different background treatments, cutting through paper, using glue as texture -- you name it, she showed it!

The main idea of this particular class was to practice different gestural styles of drawing an object. So, we all had a little cheat-sheet passed around before we started to do our “serious” exercises.

This is our cheat-sheet with the variety of mark-making we were exploring in class.

The objective was to draw a part of a still life keeping in mind composition, value, proportions and all other rules of successful picture-making and using a variety of mark-making from the “cheat-sheet.”

still life

These are the choices our still life had to offer as seen from a bird eye view (or 6 feet standing on a chair).

Before we proceeded, we all got an inspirational art-waving from Laura who was trying to inspire and warm us up for an upcoming creative burst.

flying laura

This is what I saw from my view-point:

I was frantically searching for a few items of still life that would excite me to put them down on paper, hence the fuzziness.

When I finally found my items I did a couple of preliminary gestural sketches in opposite styles:

Very loose charcoal rendition based on outlining and then filling in values.

Using nothing but a thin line as means of drawing really makes you pay attention to relationships between the objects rather than values that each has.

For our final in-class drawing, we were suppose to use either graffiti or tribal art style of execution or at least incorporate elements pertaining to those sub-culture genres. I picked my victim (or object of my affection) from the still life:

I really liked this guy. Besides, he had many intricate elements making up his body that landed themselves to be depicted on paper in graffiti style.

I noticed how this assignment completely threw me out of my comfort zone. I am so used to drawing/doodling without paying any attention to the elements or style that make up the drawing that i found myself drawing more slowly and cautiously, contemplating before almost every mark made. Unfortunately I got so into it that i forgot to take a picture of my own drawing at the end. However, here are few from my classmates: