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Class Begun on Tuesday with a lecture from Instructor Hewitt, on the fundamentals of color. The beginning of the topic of the day dealt with the explanation of the primary colors which are red, blue and yellow. As with the primary colors, came also the corresponding secondary colors known as green, orange, and violet. Lastly, on the topic of colors, the six tertiary colors were brought into light as to being composed of the mixing of the primary and secondary colors. As a novice to color itself and perhaps fearful of this beautiful foe, this helps tremendously to better understand the material at hand.

The next demonstration of the day dealt with Instructor Hewitt and she demonstrated first hand with pastels, more specifically Rembrandt pastels with still life. The richness of the pastels with every stroke on the paper can definitely been noticed from cheaper qualities pastels, cough; mines preferably as simply beautiful. So don’t be cheap was the lesson quickly learned from the demo. After the demonstration was complete, we were to draw from the still life laid out before us, in color without using black or whites. Which of course made me sigh in defeat. But to my surprise, with the broad selection of colors to choose from, though cheaper quality, made a fairly cute finish.

The drawing of course unfinished to it full potential, made me more impressed by the rawness of its lack of completion it presented. I started off drawing the subjects at hand, with bright red and blues. This way I would be able to distinguish the colors of the pieces and to start loud colors and work my way into softer/darker tones. I drew in somewhat a 3D wire frame, as to try and capture the light source in an easier fashion. This way making it more believable, easy to balance to composition, and the shadows were easier to capture. This was a task, considering color is not my favorite medium of choice, but it’s always nice to branch out every once in awhile.

Color is is probably the hardest medium of choice for me. Mainly because I never could color in between the lines in pre-k, but hey it was pre-k so who hell the cares. The concept itself of toning and inputting colors together to get a particular color is sound in theory, however, in practice it’s another story indeed. I don’t know what it is about color that seems to always gets me, perhaps its the patience required.  Yeah, that could be it.  Or maybe I’m just color blind.  Color and I might never mix. So every time I approach the subject, I’m really careful to try and capture the impression as best as possible. Mainly, because Lord knows I cant color as great, but if I can get the impression, well that’s as good to me as free food. Whatever the case maybe, the more practice I can get with color, the better I’ll get… at least I was always told so!

A color still-life example, that isn't mine.

Still-life that is mine. Damn mess!

Color wheel showing primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

My weapons of choice. Get some.

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The manga/anime version of Adam.

Class started with proposals for our final projects.  We gathered into groups to discuss the formal plans each of us made, diagrammed meticulously on crisp sheets of white paper.  Some crisper than others.  The challenge of this project is that it involves displaying a drawing on an unconventional surface, aligning with the unconventional tone the rest of the class has taken so far.  As the culmination of all our research into subculture art, the pressure was on to present a kick-ass idea for this project.

Grouped with Laura, I felt a special kind of pressure to present my idea in the best light possible under her no-nonsense gaze.  My idea is to create a quilt using segments of fabric with drawn images on them.  Using strips of fabric as gutters, I want to create a noir comic-inspired series of images that deal with harmful aspects of female gender restrictions, playing with the contrast between the implied association of femininity of the quilt form and the dark images on the fabric.  My flushed and breathless presentation of this to my group went OK – at least no one sneered.

Other groups seemed to exude excitement discussing ideas, and more than one person began sketching as soon as groups dissolved.

Next was the grad students’ critique of their goth/kitsch projects.  The undergrads hovered nearby throughout trying, perhaps, to absorb a little inspiration.  I have to say I missed Tatiana’s work rounding out the group, though I was thoroughly impressed by each of the grad’s works.  The use of imagination I saw in each of these projects stood out to me.  Also the way that each student pushed their comfort zone and tried new and potentially risky things made me proud of them, in a strange way, and lent me a new sense of respect for each artist.  Personally, I think I did get a little inspiration on me.

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Jessica Pena - Biomech

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Jessica Pena - Cartoon

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Lora Janneck - Noir

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Kelly McCarthy - Goth/Kitsch

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Eric Prowker - Goth/Kitsch

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Adam Schiesl - Goth/Noir

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Gail Priday - Goth/Kitsch

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Erin Anderson - Goth

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Heidi Morel - Noir

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Eric Henderson

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Carolene Coon - Goth

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Eric Henderson - Cartoon

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Jessica Zaydak - Steampunk

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Jessica Zaydak - Biomech

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Jessica Zaydak - Goth

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Tiffany Stappler - Goth

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Amanda Cobb - Goth/Noir

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Elbot Carman - Goth

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Colleen Morey - Goth/Kitsch

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Carolene Coon - Biomech

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Class of Spring 2010

These were my supplies for this project minus the paper. Objects to the left of the roll of tape were my objects that came in my cup that I had to incorporate into my drawing some how.

I was interested in using the fortune telling card as my basis for the format of my paper, so I used paper and tape and covered up the center of the paper so that my paper treatment would only go around the edges, allowing me to fill up some space behind my design that I was going to put around the border.

This is how it turned out when I removed the paper and tape. Now it’s starting to take the form of a fortune telling card.

These are my preliminary sketches for my multi media drawing.

This is my border partly finished.

This is my border finished.

This is my almost finished drawing, I have some minor details to add, but over all this is pretty much what it’s going to look like.  I chose this scene out of the fortune telling card because it seemed like a great starting point. I got the idea of using the girl from the image in the back of the card for my usage of kitsch in the drawing. I liked how the pastels stood out against the ink, it really gave the drawing some ‘pop.’  The trees that were in the fortune telling card seemed too flat for my taste, so I decided to make some pine trees instead. Overall I’m happy with the drawing and can’t wait to finish it.

To pay homage to  Alexander McQueen’s final fashion show, I have decided to recreate the graduate critique in a Gothic fashion. http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/alexander-mcqueens-final-show/

As Laura pointed out in her lecture, make-up is everything in Goth culture. It essentially masks who you are, or what you do not like about yourself and can somewhat transform you into something else; whether that is more beautiful, a different gender, different race, ect. Therefore, I had to reach out of my comfort zone and into a strange make-up bag. I never apply or wear make-up, so I was a little nervous that I would not get able to pull off the “Goth Look”.  However, I quickly realized that Goth’s master their signature look due to never mastering to how properly apply make-up, and my worries were washed away by copious amounts of eye shadow.

The dog was giving me weird looks, people would look, but not smile at me in Fred Meyer, and some lady in the art building asked me what kind of bully would give me TWO black eyes. However you look at it, this rainbow child was feeling dark and goth.

So, then came time for the fashion critique. I kept doing the ungoth thing by giggling and smiling in front of the camera. Goth culture is so dark and silly at the same time, it was hard for me to take it seriously without cracking before the shutter closed. I enlisted the help of a fellow, more fashionable, grad student than myself.

I wanted dramatic lighting, weird scenarios, and an overall dark feel to the photos.

Kate and Mr. Bones were great models. Probably more sassy, dark, and serious than I will ever be. The theme of our shoot was definitely bones and black. We both had bone jewelry, hair accessories, clothing and props. We obviously decked ourselves in nothing but black clothing and make-up. Overall the shoot was a lot of fun, but after this experience I have come to realize that I am just too cheery and colorful to ever pass as a Goth.

The drawings represented were made by Heidi Morel, Adam Ottavi, and Tatiana Piatanova. The real graduate critique was very constructive and informative. Everyone involved got fabulous feedback. In academia, you have to remember that a critique is not a scary or dark place(unlike the Goth world). It is a safe place to be honest, open, constructive, and of course, critical, hence the word critique. In so many ways, critiques help you become a better artist, and even a stronger person. I look forward to the upcoming critiques this week to see who has pushed their boundaries, comfort zones, and ideas into unimaginable levels.


Tuesday 16 March: Final Project Proposals due, everyone.  Critique of 605s.  Goth and/or Kitsch with 4 preliminary sketches + any drawing that has changed substantially since 1st critique.

Thursday 18 March: Critique of 305s.  Goth and/or Kitsch with 4 preliminary sketches + any drawing that has changed substantially since 1st critique.

Carolene Coon - Cartoon/Comics

Elbot Carman - Tribal/Graffiti

Eric Henderson - Steampunk

Jessica Zaydak - Tribal/Graffiti

Jessica Pena - Biomech

Kelly McCarthy - Cyberpunk

Then came the day all artists dread: Critique day. Like frightened children, we retrieved our out of class assignments and posted them in the great hall for all to see. Aside from a tragedy involving a roving group of carnivorous wild-haired folks, most of us made it out alive.

Erin gets up close and personal with work from another student's critique.

Jess eagerly prepares herself for her critique, while Heidi naps.

Students break out of their groups to critique everyones work as a class.

Eric Prowker's provocative ink work.

Colleen cross-examines fellow students work. There is a good reason I'm not a photographer - I suck at naming photos.

Wild haired artists close-in on Jess' drawings... Cue the Jaws theme!

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