Sunday, December 19, 2010

Artist Focus: Keira Rathbone

I recently just discovered the artwork of Keira Rathbone. She has a unique and inventive way of creating her own original pieces. Instead of using paintbrushes, pens or pencils, Keira Rathbone uses a vintage typewriter. One of her recent commissioned typewriter artworks is of the current President, Barack Obama, as seen below.


At first, you aren't exactly able to see every detail of each letter and symbol used to create this image, but if you look closer, you'll be able to see it.

She uses this technique in a variety of subjects ranging from Architecture, to still life, to nature. To see more of her artwork you can click here

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Exhibition Review: SFMoMA, The Anniversary Show


    The Anniversary Show is one of the exhibits that was held in the SFMoMA. It is an exciting, interesting and eclectic exhibition. Overall the entire works were all very much different but they were all interesting and unique in their own way. 5 artists work that I enjoyed were from Barry McGee, Richard Diebenkorn, Jeff Koons, Leslie Shows and David Park. The general theme of the exhibition was varied and I think it really was for bringing together various artworks and putting it into one exhibition.

   One of the artworks that we spent a lot of time on, was Untitled by Barry McGee. Barry McGee artwork is one of the more unique artworks in the exhibit. The sheer size of the entire artwork is one of the main reasons as to why it’s such an amazing piece of work. McGee incorporates variety by changing the size of the frames of each picture/painting/drawing. The colors are also varied and he places orange/red squares in different spots to help rest the viewers eyes from the countless of pictures and picture frames. I thought it was ironic that he used red/orange for a resting place for the viewers eyes, as red/orange are in itself, colors that are very vibrant and sharp.

    I think the theme of the exhibit is to really show the audience, unique and interesting new artworks that is not a conventional collection that other museums collect. It was refreshing to see fresh, relatable artwork, in a sense. Most of these artworks really cannot be compared as they are unique and stand out alone by themselves, such as the Michael Jackson and Bubbles porcelain statue. Most of these artworks are meant for this particular exhibition to show the uniqueness and its one-of-a-kind feeling.

    I think in most of the artworks, each artist has their reason as to why they made their particular work. McGee, I believe made it to reflect his interests in graffiti and artwork. I think his artwork expresses and illustrates the young generation of today. McGee used a various of mixed media and to me, it creates a lot of variety from the rest of the paintings and drawings in the exhibition. His artwork stood out the most to me.
    The overall tones and colors from this particular artwork really impress upon me that it’s meant to be eye-catching and it is all meant for attention. McGee is successful in this and also tells the viewer a story through each and every painting, drawing and picture.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Artist/Artwork Critique

      I recently discovered Irina Vinnik about 2 or 3 months ago. Her artwork and sketchbook drawings have inspired me to become much more detailed orientated when it comes to creating a piece of artwork. Irina Vinnik is precise, bold and confident and this is evident in her art. Whether it's through the marks she makes or how it's composed, Vinnik creates elaborate, complicated designs that look as if they can be simply made with practice and patience.
     The intent of this artwork is simply to create a very unique, beautiful and interesting design and I believe that Vinnik has achieved this. The composition of this piece works wonderfully and is very balanced. There is no real top heavy or bottom heavy balance, it is balanced by bringing in more shading and black in the center to pull the audience in ward. I think that Vinnik deliberately inserts the checkered patterns into the organic and flowing design to contrast the whole feeling of the piece. From feeling too organic or too natural, she incorporates angular patterns within the design.
     My immediate reaction, both intellectually and emotionally is of awe and wonder. Often times, when I see other artwork similar to this, I feel it's too over complicated and chaotic. This is more of a flowing and much more appealing to the eyes. The overall structure of the work is quite beautiful and different. Every design, such as the branches or the hair-like flowing objects near the bottom, all compliment each other to make the entire piece work. Vinnik utilizes repetition in the similar organic-ness of each object and she also uses rhythm and a visual hierarchy. Whenever I see this artwork, I start from the bottom and make my way to the top of the design. Most of the shapes can be characterized as organic and biomorphic.
     Vinnik uses color to spruce up the intense design. She saturates the boldness of the black to makes it more appealing to the eyes. I believe Vinnik uses lines of continuity. All of the lines are connected and apart of each other to create an organic feeling. I think that Vinnik's artwork relates to the larger context of the world of art by adding and contributing a unique, perhaps inspired design. She beautifully makes each of her designs with care and that is what is most important. To create a design or artwork carefully, this will ensure that the audience feels and reacts emotionally and intellectually to an artwork/design.

Art Resume

Preview of my Art Resume:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Color Schemes Project #1: Analogous Colors Portrait of Jeff Buckley

Okay...this has probably been the longest project I have worked on ever. This took me about a week....I know I can tweek it even more...but I'm ending it here. For the project I used mainly Prismacolor NuPastels on drawing paper. Now, the subject of this project was basically anything. I couldn't think of what to I went with portraiture. The hardest part was drawing Jeff Buckley's nose and you can see the changes I've made in the picture below:
I'm glad I'm at least satisfied with it. Most of the projects that I do, I am never satisfied with and I hate that feeling. But with this project, I feel like it's pretty complete. Now, on the other hand, I did spend way too much time on this particular artwork than the other one. So my other neglected artwork doesn't make me as satisfied as this one. Just seeing all the changes that it went through makes me happy. I remember going from the 2nd drawing to the 3rd but in between I had felt like I ruined the entire artwork...but eventually I kept going, inspired by Jeff Buckley's music.

Now I entirely know that it looks nothing like him but I wanted just a smidgen of some kind of resemblance which is why it went through soo much changes. Here's the final pic:

And here's the reference pic:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Salvador Dali Cartoon

I saw this picture on someone's tumblr. The pun is too great to ignore!

Professor Marie Hannigova's "Scalpel, Please" Exhibition!

Today, I attended Professor Marie Hannigova's "Scalpel, Please" Exhibition and it was a really great experience. I felt as if Professor Hannigova's work was very interactive and really engaged the viewer. Here are some pictures that I took of the exhibition:

I had never seen her work personally before but now, I can't wait to see what she'll create next.

To see more of her work you can click the link:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Artist Focus: Jean-Michel Basquiat

        The first time I had ever heard of Jean-Michel Basquiat was when my brother brought home a movie called "Basquiat" (I 100% recommend) about an unexpected artist who struggles with the addiction of drugs and lavishing in the attention the glamorous world of art embraced him with but also discovering the solitude and isolation that fame brought to him. His story is one that still remains in my mind when it comes to artwork but for some reason, when my 2D class was assigned a research paper, I did not know why I didn't remember to pick Basquiat. To me, he is an underrated hero, the unexpected underdog who succeeds tremendously, but then falls back again into a life of despair and hardship. He is human, he is a misunderstood human artist and his artwork reveals that.

          Even though his artwork may look childish to some, for me, it's something that reveals to me what is in his head, what his emotions are, his thoughts, his perceptions. The random words, the strange markings, his trademark crown. Everything means something, at least to him and hopefully to someone who perceives his artwork.

David Bowie as Andy Warhol, Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat
         I remember when I saw the film, I desperately wished I could have been there to see this great artist; to see his famous moniker "SAMO" graffitied in the alleyways of New York City. For a long time, he struggled with drugs and lost many friends along the way when the art world discovered him. Because of his struggle with drugs and when fame seemed to fade away, Basquiat ultimately lost the struggle and battle over drugs.

            Jean-Michel Basquiat was only 27 years old when he died of an overdose. His artwork is one of many that deeply affects me. I am emotionally attached and in some ways, know what he feels. His artwork is nostalgic for me. And to know that his artistic and creative life was cut short and lessened his time to discover something stable and right in his life, makes me feel even more in his artworks.

          He is one of my favorite artists of all time and always will be.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sketchbook Inspirations!

I've been looking around on StumbleUpon and specifically searching the Art section and found these amazing drawings and sketches. One that really amazed me was by Irina Vinnik. She really inspires me to be a lot more confident when drawing and be bold. Here's some examples of her work:

You can check out the rest of her sketches/drawings here: 

Ricardo Actus is another artist that really inspires me when sketching, too. His artwork and Irina's artwork are polar extremes. Irina's is much more clean, crisp and bold, whereas Actus's is a lot more sketchy, emotional and realistic. Both are very expressive and flowing. Here's some examples of his work: 

To check out his artwork click the link:

Both of these artists are different yet they both create artwork that is expressive of their selves. They have different styles which are interesting and emotional, in my opinion.

 I'm still working on my sketchbook and I find myself going back to pencils, but I never experiment enough. I plan to work with more media, create interesting pieces and try to put some sort of emotion in them. That's the hard part. Placing my emotions on paper and expressing it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Portraits are HARD!!!

Ayyy...portraits are hard. It's going to take me awhile until my portraits start looking recognizable.
Attempt at Fergie (top) Lourdes (Bottom)

Failed attempt at Judy Garland
These really are just tests. I still have time to improve them but I wanted to test out my new tortillons. Makes shading a LOT easier. But, my observational skills with people needs work!!!

Texture Assignment 10/15/10

Leaves texture

Teddy bear textures, baskets


Texture assignment for drawing -- compressed charcoal

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Creativity and Knowledge: Leonardo da Vinci & Andy Warhol

Leonardo da Vinci: Knowledge

    Leonardo da Vinci is known to be the artist who created the masterpiece, Mona Lisa. Da Vinci is a renaissance man who excelled in almost every subject he threw himself into. For many artists, he is the inspiration to paint by knowledge; to know how to make the eyes of a subject follow the viewer, or to know how to draw a full sketch of a person in front of you with complete accuracy. Da Vinci is knowledgeable when he paints to make the viewer feel what he wants them to feel, to make them see what he wants them to see.


    I believe Leonardo da Vinci is a wise painter and is supremely adept to making the viewer believe, see, feel, touch and sense what he wants to be conveyed. For many artists, this is not easy to achieve and an artwork is always left to the viewer to interpret. Da Vinci knows how to make the viewer become apart of the painting and not left to be detached.

Andy Warhol: Creativity

    Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists known for their creativity. I believe Warhol’s creations come from a creative place in his mind and his artwork shows that this place of creativity is unique and unlike any other. His ideas are not inspired by other artists, it is his own completely different and intriguing ideas. That is why he is a pioneer in Pop Art and has changed the perspectives and given new spectacles on what makes something art; what makes it beautiful. His creativity is one of a kind and he inspires modern artists today.

    The reason why his artwork had made such an impact is because it’s different. It was a new creative idea that flourished during his time and made people embrace it with open arms. Warhol is one of the great creative artists that changed the art world.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Comparisons: Creativity and Knowledge

   Creativity and knowledge are both terms that can work synonymously together. Creativity cannot be possible if there is nothing learned to create. Knowledge is specifically the main fundamental aspect in being creative. It allows one to be inspired and to take things learned from piece of artwork or technique and apply it to one’s own artwork. In any case, creativity and knowledge are interchangeable and provide information to each other to make a work an overall much better piece.


    Creativity is the usage of different, original ideas and can often be inspired from other works. An artist cannot create art without utilizing their creativity. To create an artwork without using creativity is to produce unimaginative works. As artists, it is essential to utilize creativity as a tool when making an artwork. In every artistic piece, creativity must be seen in order for the audience to feel and connect with the piece. Once the connection is absent, the piece is no longer valuable in terms of connecting emotionally and mentally. Creativity is one of the key elements that should be concerned with before even starting a work. If there is no creativity, there is no painting, no artwork; there is nothing essentially there if creativity is not present.
    Knowledge is another key aspect when starting a piece. One would not be able to approach a project confidently if some sort of learning was not established. To have knowledge in terms of artistry and being inspired by other forms of art out there, is to be a well rounded artist with artwork that is able to connect and reach out towards the audience. Knowledge is having the capacity to utilize these things learned in the past and being able to use it in the present. For many artists, it is not very hard to remember techniques and skills and things seen in other artworks that inspire them to create their own work of art. To have knowledge of things seen and learned is an essential aspect of creating art.


   Both creativity and knowledge go together, interchangeably. They inform each other and bring about questions to the artist about the work of art. Is this piece conveying my message, is it connecting to the audience positively or negatively? If the work of art is supposed to make the audience remember a previous artwork, technique or style, the artist should ask him/herself “Does this convey/show that?” Creativity and knowledge are vital aspects in the art world and they exist to create artwork that is emotionally and mentally connecting.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Artist Focus: Jessica Harrison

Jessica Harrison's artwork can be considered quite disturbing and provocative to some degree. Others find her artwork thought provoking and interesting. Here are a few examples of her artwork.

The Annunciation, 2008, Pencil on paper, 100cm x 70cm
Cabinet, 2009, Mixed Media, 17cm x 8cm x 4cm
Self Portrait with Cherubs, 2008, Pencil on paper, 100cm x 70cm
 My first impressions of her artwork was hesitation and I wasn't entirely open to the oddities of her artwork. However, I've grown to like the mysteriousness and intrigue that her art pieces conjure up. Not all are pleasing to the eye, such as the skin like furniture which is almost like a train wreck, but you can't look away because it's so intriguing. She has an amazing skill to imitate popular artwork such as Caravaggio's Medusa, in pencil.

Medusa, 2006, Pencil on paper, 100cm x 70cm

I enjoy looking at her artwork and am looking forward to more creations from her. She currently works with other mediums, here are a few of her newer and provocative pieces:

Emily, 2010, mixed media, 20cm x 15cm x 15cm
Maria, 2010, mixed media, 20cm x 15cm x 15cm
If you want to see more of her work, visit her website:

Her Education:
MFA (Sculpture)
Edinburgh College of Art 2005 - 2007

1st Class MA (Honors) Fine Art
University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art 2000 - 2005
Dissertation title: Cutting Edge or Dicing with Death: Death and Dissection in Contemporary British Art