Friday, February 22, 2013

How to Turn Art into Cold Hard Cash (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

Sometimes I just look around my art studio and try to imagine what I can convert into cold hard cash. Like this project that was printed out and then shoved under my bed because I was too lazy to cut and assemble them. So today I watched Beyoncé Knowles self-directed documentary "Life is But a Dream", consumed an entire chocolate "orange"... and oh yeah... put these together. I DO NOT recommend watching this Beyoncé documentary with the same enthusiasm that I DO recommend chocolate oranges. I like any candy that begins with a heartless act of violence, i.e. slamming them on the table to break them first. Exciting. Exciting in the exact way watching Beyoncé Knowles give an hour of monologue to a camera (about how her pain is different but really the same) is not. Anyway... behold Victorian-style horror comic full of murder:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thumbelina & The Swallow

I've been awhile since a post; my apologies. I just finished up Thumbelina and The Swallow. Thumbelina is my tiniest doll (life-size!) and the bird was a big, folding, complicated thing because I wanted him to fly but also collapse into sickness per the story. Well.. first sick, and then flying. Everyone has been telling me that Thumbelina's expression is a bit morose, but if you'd just spent a winter being engaged to a mole in a pitch black dirt tunnel you might feel a bit post-traumatic stress disorder-ish.


My daughter Alex was my inspiration for Thumbelina's face, and this was actually from a photograph I took of her where she was upset that she had to wait for a horse-drawn carriage to take her on a 'haunted hayride'. So apparently post-traumatic shock syndrome and impatience mixed with annoyance look roughly the same.


One of my favorite quotes from Alex was something she said when she was five years old - "All the birds you're going to meet in this world are my friends. They're my bird friends."


This was the original graphite sketch of Alex. Later scanned in and colored digitally.

So step one in making a paper bird with collapsible wings is to make a prototype, and then on about your sixth prototype you get one that functions AND looks ok. From this point I traced around each piece and then actually drew in the feathers and bird stuff.