Art, process and design blog of an aspiring industrial designer.

Archive for May, 2012

Surrealistic Glass (Cup/Occasional Vase)

I used a ‘new medium’ today – black, lovely, smooth gel ink – and as you can see, it turned out a bit shaky. But I like it, despite. It looks a bit hipster and the proportions are quite off, but I love how you can totally tell exactly what it is, and can picture the shine and gloss on the glass in your head (at least I can). It looks real, yet surrealistic. (Which has nothing to do with Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow, but for some reason that is a phrase I thought of and couldn’t get out of my head.) Def’s must improve skills though.

Anyway, I also like the drawing because I feel like I can also see all kinds of things inside that drawing. Like a swamp, or the trunk of a weeping willow, or icicles, or draped fabric.
Think about this. What do you see in my cup? What do you see that is unintended and weird (totally something that could not have been an intended metaphor) in a famous work of art? What are your real-life Rorschach inkblots? (Post in the comments below.)

Example: the holes in the chair of the dogs kinda create a weird face. Like the two holes are eyes, and the one hole below is a mouth going ‘Ooooh’.

Photo found here.

Lol, wow. And that concludes this intellectual post!

Future goals for postings:

1) Include different media!

[ 2) Include somethin’ physical. …. .. Sculpture! Heck YA! ]

Every time I hear ‘Heck YA’ I think of Napoleon Dynamite. Real (, suburban, North American) life. Real life.


Film: Bill Cunningham New York (Documentary)

“Bill Cunningham is the street-fashion and society chronicler for The New York Times. After 50 years of cycling the streets of the Big Apple with his camera, snapping the great, the good and the stylish, Bill Cunningham is now in front of the lens in this loving and intimate portrait of a remarkable man and a chronicler of a city.”

My thoughts:
This film was so great and definitely for a compassionate of art and fashion. It was a not-uncomfortably-intrusive and fascinating study into an unusual man’s life (unusual man, yet an every-man). Plus, a really great reminder of why you should bother dressing interestingly and why you should bother trying new things.

The film also gives an honest insight into the experience of being in a profession that you love (not striving for a position you love, but actually what life is like after you get it), and gives an insight into life in New York city. Despite his love of flamboyancy in clothing, I left feeling that Bill gave the viewer permission to not be ashamed to look perhaps too much in-depth into something others may see as ordinary or uninteresting.

My First Top-Ten Round Up

Here are my favorite (mostly, kind-of art-related) things that I am into this week! I will post these round ups every Friday, since I’ve always loved them so much from other blogs. Enjoy!

(Friday photo above by Mel Mijares called ‘Here Comes The Sun’.)

1. Super cool wobbling wall of nine cubes origami DIY.
2. The Design Exchange! (a design museum in Toronto! How did I not know this existed?!?)
3.  Joy the Baker’s things she’s learned in 30 years… Love her.
4.  Film: Beautiful Losers
The punk-art movement in San Fransico and New York in the 80’s.
5. I’d rather be short. Damn straight.
I can wear heels as high as I want! And thank you, I will go gangbusters. (Thanks Tracy Shutterbean!)
6. Ira Glass (the creator of This American Life podcast) quote. Thanks Ira, you’re the best. (And, put into video form by David Shiyang Liu)

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass

You can also watch the whole video of his talk here.
7. Katie Shanahan’s online comic. So cute and funny, and her illustrations are awesome.  Also, she’s from Canada!
8. The Thonet Chaise Longe, c. 1910
(one of the many variations that were made)

9. I think I am totally the last person that was invited to the party, but anyway, grooveshark is pretty great.  You make an account and can basically listen to any song you’ve EVER WANTED (spice girls, no scrubs, the arkells, fidy(50cent)…) online.  Its like listening to music on youtube, except better.  And they make suggestions for you. And you can keep your playlists if you make a free account.  And it loads a bit faster than youtube if you are listening to a long song.  Although, there are no fingers of Charlie on grooveshark…  (What a gem..)

Happy Friday.

Hello world!

So, as you know (if you’ve read my About page), I am working from scratch to make myself a portfolio to get me into industrial design graduate school! I want it so bad I think my brain might explode.

So basically, I’m going to be using this blog to post some of my regular weekly work, and also to show the world what is inspiring me lately, what I’m into, what continues to make me obsessed with the interweb, and what is making me need to express my kaleidoscope brain so bad.

Anyway, here is a ‘daily drawing’ I’ve been working on.  Sadly, my daily drawings times are actually starting to get cut down…… eeeep… What used to go down with my ‘daily drawings’ is: sit down and draw people/places/things for 1 hr. Everyday.  I will usually finish about 1 piece per week. I started this because I really, really wanted to get my drawing skills improved, so that they could be something I could depend on. (AND they will be that. Mark my words.)

Unfortunately, recently I have been cutting down on my drawing time!  And I think that is the fault of wanting to sleep more (and knowing that I can… since I usually don’t have anything concrete to get up for in the morning).   Also…. it may be the fault of really bad episodes of Hellcats that I watch while I workout, and then my workout tends to get longgerrrr…  Anyway, I will no longer compromise my self. Or the improvement of my drawing skills. For HELLCATS!

Anyway, here is a result of ‘daily drawing’.  Since I am doing this myself (and since I do not have much technical drawing instruction), any constructive feedback on any of my work would be appreciated. :)

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