Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nothing like the flower

This project was inspired by the band called "The Love language" i sat down and listened to all 3 of their albums and this is what came out.
I took the little folder that my senior portraits came in, and decorated it with flowers, and hands and hand flowers.
I used pen ink, and water color 

beneath the cubists surface

For this project my main insperation was me trying to disect how a cubists mind worked. I figured that cubists take away the flowing soft forms of objects and replacing it with sharp shapes and angles. So i created that process of taking away soft, for sharp.
I started this project as just a simple water color, but when i began to paint one of the hands i mess up very bad. So natrually i cut every thing up into sperate peices. Then i glued the peices onto foam board and began to layer them, but it looked to crowded.
So I built a box, then drapped fabric around the sides to create a stage like feel to it. The first picture shows the colors better, but the second picture shows the depth of the box, and is a more high quality picture

The bundle recieved its name from inferior muscles

This was a pretty quick project. The idea came to me when I was working on my "go big or go home" project, because after each class period I would always find myself covered in paint. Then as i began to learn more and more about lighting and color i wondered how far i could take it. So i had the idea of "what if i painted a hand, on a hand" and messed around with the colors, textures, highlights and lowlights. This was a fun project, and painting on human skin was a very weird experience. 

Gemini near its orgin

One weekend I was watching a documentary on siamese twins, and became fasinated. I started sketching some ideas on how i could properly show the distortion of the human body, through siamese twins.

Then after i found a sketch that I liked, i outlined it on a wood plank, and began painting

Then i forgot to take pictures for a while, but i added in the chest and shirt

I learned how to forshorten in this peice, and that was something that was always so scary to me, but with Mrs. Rossie's help, i was able to understand more how to show lights and darks to represent different distences.
I also learned a lot about color, how to use colors that compliment each other, and how IMPORTANT LIGHTING IS. i still don't really understand lighting... but im getting there.

I also used a dremel tool to carv out the eyes and mouths to give the painting depth. 
 I loved working on this piece and I leanred a lot about how to work with new matirials (painting on wood) and how to really step out of my comfort zone (i.e GO BIG OR GO HOME) or whatever.

Friday, October 4, 2013

White matter between the fibers of the preceding layer.

I had a dream a few weeks ago that told a very long and lovely story.  I wanted to animate this story, but it was going to take to long, and i would end up spending to much time on one project. So i settled on just animating the final scene of this dream.

the dream went like this:

Crawl Inside my mouth and play the sad little piano that sleeps in my throat and let the music slowly (painfully) peel away the layers of my brain until there's nothing left but the love(hope) i had for the world when i was seven.

The hands being the music that was going to rise up out of the piano, and climb up into the brain and rip it appart.

I put the short animtion clip onto a loop so the video could last longer, and so you could pay more attention to the details that could be missed the first times you see it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Just below the two bones (which is not the most comfortable).

 As i begin to explore the idea of the "anatomy of art" i discovered that art is inside us all. Whether we express this art through sports, music, painting, collecting, creating, or even through destroying, they are all forms of expressing a feeling that is already inside you.

I started this project with a collage of mixing different figures i found from a science book, and anatomy sketches from the book "Grey's anatomy"


The collage was looking very strong, so i put a piece of plastic laminate over it to calm it down, and then used mounting pads to put on a diagram of a heart, with a drawing of a black sheep man on it. i wrote the words "already inside you" on a banner that borders the heart.

heres a close up of the black sheep

In my first attempt to mount the laminate i realized that it wasn't going to work as i had originally planned. So i had to fix the layering of my piece by taking away some of the mounts.

Although in my plan this was all i wanted to do, i realized that this wasn't done yet. I wasn't exactly sure how to fix it, so i decided to "frame" the piece by layering different characters, and by flowing a banner throughout the piece, and having it go through the heart. 


And here is the final: 

Friday, September 20, 2013

upward, to be inserted, will draw the angle of the mouth directly backward.

Teeth have always been very scary to me. When i was six years old i broke my jaw, and i have been in and out of different sergeries, root cannals and other oral operations ever since.  These opperations scare me, and cause me to look at the mouth in a very different way.  Teeth, Jaws and bones are scary. As i started to realize the creepy nature teeth, i began to understand that almost everything in our mouths is scary. Our gums, our toung, all the glands, artiries, and veins all are freaky.

As i sat down to draw one day, the haunting images of teeth and mouths wouldn't seem to leave my head.  So as i started to sketch out my first ideas of this peice, i wanted everyone else to SEE mouth anatomy for what it is. Creepy.  


When i finished the water color i was so proud of this peice and thought that there was nothing else i could do to improve it. Until i showed the art teachers, and they explained i needed to make it pop more. I didn't understand what they ment by "pop"or "value" or "katelynn stop being so afraid of the dark"

So i darkened it up more.

And added a green background. 

the outline of the formation of various folds or wrinkles.

Over the summer, i was privileged to go on a trip to Europe, and spend a month in Italy. While I was there I was able to see, learn and experience countless peices of the most beautiful art i have ever seen. I would stand infront of these sculptures and paintings and feel so small, so humble, and so astounded at the skill these artists had.  Then as i began to learn more and more about the artists, leaders, and people who lived in these ancient lands i became inspired.  People are all connected. It is a connection that knows no distance, no limits, and no time period.  Many of the people on the other side of the world, born thousands of years before us still faced many of the same struggles and temptations that we are challenged by today. Popes still where tempted by greed, Brothers still fought, and people where still people.

With this new found knowledge and love for the human race, I had this picture in my head of these white outlined figures all stacked ontop of eachother, with a copper wash as the negative space. Then i was planning on clumping yarn over their heads, and placing dried flowers ontop of the yarn. However as i began to mix paints i accidentaly created a brownish-greenish-orange, and fell in love with the color.  I began to paint the negative space in globs of white, green, blue, orange, and copper. Once i got to the bottom of the painting however, i decided i didn't want to cover all of the background with these strong colors, in fear that it might make the peice to busy. So i began to paint as if the acrylic was melting.


I used watered down acrylic and mixtures of white to paint the bottom of the peice.  Then as i began to look at the figures i realized it almost looked like they were being tangled up, so i decided to spread out the yearn throughout the entire peice, not just around the figures heads.

To do this i got a Xacto nife, and cut slits around, behind, and inside my figures and weaved the yarn through the slits.  After a few hours of work i was very satisfied with how my peice turned out, however with the addition of the yarn, my figures didn't seem to stand out the way i wanted them too. So i added more detail in the clothes of my figures, and darkened them up.

However after talking to mrs Rossie and mr sands, we concluded that to make the figures really pop, i would have to re paint the background in dark dark dark colors.