Friday, October 28, 2011
This is one of the things I've been doing during my reading week; the only creative thing really. The rest of the time has been pretty much filled with school-related things still. At least it's a bit of a break from all the science and medical terminology swirling in my head.
I'm not usually big on drawing people, or at least realistic looking people, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There's a bit more I could do to improve it I'm sure, but I was at the point where I felt if I did do anything more, I might take it too far and then ruin it. I used my scanner to get it onto my computer (lighting wasn't working well with the camera), which explains the grayness of the background. There's actually more white space around it in the original piece, but my scanner is only like 11" x 8.5". All this I'm sure you needed to know :P
Posted by Samantha J at 11:21 AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Kris Kuksi's sculptures leave me speechless and amazed. They could be considered a bit grotesque and horrifying (I think that's the point), but the amount of detail contained in them is incredible! And the more you look at them, the more you see. I think hours could be spent looking at just a single sculpture. Okay, maybe not hours, but A LOT of time. I have spent hours on his website, which has great images of all his sculptures, including close-ups to show all the detail. He also has some pretty awesome paintings and drawings. This is just a sample of some of his work, but it really doesn't do it justice. I would highly recommend that you check out kuksi.com.
Posted by Samantha J at 2:07 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Don Kenn Gallery actually belongs to, or is John Kenn. His artwork is fantastical, dark, and imaginative. The style is kind of along the lines of Edward Gorey... finely detailed and textured, but with a lot more monsters and strange creatures. The really neat part is pretty much all his work is just done on post-it notes! If you like what you see here, more can be viewed on his blog.
Posted by Samantha J at 12:56 PM
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I'm horrible at making decisions. I think I put way too much thought into my options. I just wrote a very long entry, which I've just erased because it was my whole thought process of what I should do and it was verrrrrryyyyyy long. I need to make a decision between the following:
1. Continue the veterinary technician program that I'm in right now, even though I can't see myself having a career with animals in the long-term, despite my love for them. However, I could continue to pursue my artistic interests and perhaps succeed as a professional artist. This was kind of my thinking when I decided to enter the vet tech program. It might not be what I truly want to do, but it would be something I at least enjoy enough and allows me time and energy for my art, which then might take over as my main career.
2. Apply to and hopefully be accepted into the Illustration program at Sheridan even though it's four years at a total of about $32,000, and it's not exactly the most stable job. If money and security weren't an issue, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I think I might regret it if I don't at least apply and show my portfolio though. I think I've considered applying every year for the past 6 or so years. Even though it takes more than an education to be an illustrator (lots don't even need that), I think some good connections and experiences would be gained from attending.
3. Return to my old ad agency job and work on my art/illustration on the side. This was also my thinking when I first landed the job, but it didn't quite pan out, since it kind of sucked the life out of me. So, I could try to find another job that doesn't suck the life out of me, or even possibly just take a chunk of time to dedicate solely to art without any other income.
Those are the basics. There's so much more though. Basically, I think I need to get some self-esteem and not be such a people-pleaser (specifically parents). If that happens, I think I'll have a way easier time making decisions. Sigh.
Posted by Samantha J at 1:56 PM
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Self-taught artist, Angelina Wrona likes to draw sad, lost looking girls with rabbits on their heads. A bit odd, but I like it. Actually, the subject matter is much more varied than that, although they pretty much all do feature slightly creepy, pouty girls with big eyes. The two pieces below are my favourites. To check out her other paintings that don't have rabbits hanging out on heads, go to www.angelinawrona.ca.
Posted by Samantha J at 1:36 PM