April 15, 2013

Ink: Virgin foray

"I began to draw with ink several weeks ago when commissioned to create a steampunk image. I've since found the medium to be pregnant with many wonderful characteristics and I'd like to share some of them with you..."

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November 21, 2012

Birdwoman's Veil

"Birdwoman is uniquely beautiful, but also faint and morose. She has a classical appeal that is created by her delicate face and evanescent attire. Empty negative space compliments her fragility while also presenting a stark spatial tension between woman and bird. It also helps in revealing a dualism which contrasts the tangible with the otherworldly. These are Birdwoman’s primary messages; however, deeper inquiry uncovers a more powerful trove of connotations..."

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September 18, 2012

Insights IV: Visual Language

"According to Daniel Chandler, authority in the field of semiotic language, analysing art means to derive meaning from its visual symbols. The way in which these symbols are interpreted depends wholly on their cultural relevance to the individual. This means that one’s life experiences, both the conscious and the subconscious, have a direct influence on the way that art is interpreted. Here, I attempt to unpack the meaning of my own artwork, Fire In Her Eyes, by observing some of its symbols and inquiring the messages that they may convey...."

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July 10, 2012

Insights III: Interesting Things

"Incandescent Hunter is my newest hyperrealistic work, drawn using graphite on illustration board. The subject is a kestrel, which was selected to fulfill the requirements of a project brief. The following essay provides a synopsis of some of the discoveries that I made while drawing this piece..."

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July 3, 2012

Spark II: Concepts

"Spark of a Menace is a graphite portrait (395 x 270 mm) that I drew over a period of ten weeks. It depicts a homely young woman who stares fixedly at her viewer through plastic-rimmed glasses. She undergoes a tacit process of self-destruction that sees her face and glasses melt away, both forming streams of liquid light that ooze down her form. In creating this image, I intended to investigate the concept of morphology and discover its role in hyperrealistic art..."

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June 2, 2012

Spark I: Process Analysis

"This is a process analysis of a work that I completed in May of 2012. The drawing in question is a graphite image of hyperrealistic style that departs greatly from from my previous work in terms of method and purpose. In creating this piece, I adopted the method of free composition, which, as I found during my university days, was typically used by composers of electroacoustic music. Essentially, electroacoustic is a style of art that utilises sound as its primary medium. While a visual artwork is presented to its audience all in one single instant, sound art is revealed over a continuum of time..."

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May 9, 2012

Insights II: Sketching

"Not enough can be said for sketching. In fact, all too often not enough is said for sketching. It is a fast and somewhat erratic style of drawing that fosters change, quick development and spontaneity. Its speedy technique encourages a unified relationship between hand and eye, and this kinship is borne out of necessity when quickness is juxtaposed with the need for perfection. When less time is spent perfecting the artwork, the artist is more able to facilitate other aspects of the drawing process, such as creative exploration and taking greater risks..."

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February 6, 2012

Insights I: Inspiration to Draw

"In order to create, the artist needs to be in both an optimal mental and physical space. Most of us are familiar with the phrase “being in the zone”, which implies a distinct state of being – either the artist is in the zone or out of it. I partly agree in saying there is a specific frame of mind that the artist must arrive at, but in order to give the “zone” a less mystical undertone I believe there are several important and pragmatic factors that work together symbiotically in order to create it..."

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