REFRESHED ART: before and after


Jacksonville Landing_before

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

Jacksonville Landing at an Angle. Altered photography/graphic design. 2013.

Jacksonville, FL. This is a scenic spot and great for photographing; I take my camera with me often. The photograph is one I shot,  from Main Street Bridge, with a GE digital camera in 2011. The alterations were done in Photoshop CS6. This is called a tilt-shift effect.

This photo set begins a new category I will be posting on my blog: before and after. I am so glad I was able to finally get my laptop screen fixed because now I can get back to doing graphic pieces (for clients and for my portfolio/for practice). The person whose laptop I was borrowing for nearly two years? The person didn’t want me to download Adobe CS onto their laptop because the program is so huge. That is why it is great to have your OWN stuff! Anyway, there is a WHOLE cavalcade of dynamic things to do with Adobe Creative Suite (CS) that I don’t think someone (not even the most gifted professional on earth) could master EVERYTHING one could do with it. We are talkin’ loads of tools and elements that can be experimented with in a variety of ways. If you tried to do the math on all of the approaches that one can take with every Adobe CS program (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, LightRoom and more that I am have not even mentioned), that would be some exhausting math and your brain would probably explode… So don’t try it. The calculations that is. Don’t try that unless you want a brain with destroyed neurons. But go ahead and try Adobe CS. It will never get useless, old or boring.

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 8


"don't even ask..." 2011Digital photography and graphic art

“don’t even ask…”
Digital photography and graphic art. 2011.

"don't even ask...II" 2011Digital photography and graphic art

“don’t even ask…II”
Digital photography and graphic art. 2011.

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s OVERDUE!!: This is my FIRST REAL post since LAST YEAR (The update posts about my smashed laptop screen and other weirdness do not really count as posts…not to me, anyhow)!! Still waiting on that laptop screen replacement, but 3 weeks should finally do it. Thanks to my precious readers & new readers for still reading my blog and being patient for another post!!  : )

UPDATE: I have been asked (by a fellow art student alumnus) to have a solo art exhibit at her parents’ art studio/gallery. Her parents are artists as well. I will have it this Fall! Yippee (Don’t know who says “yippee” anymore, but it is fun all the same)! Also, I have work to do on two logos for a friend’s non-profit. I’ve done a logo for her before & so this project should tie in well with the 1st logo. Thanking God for all the blessings! (I used alot of exclamation marks, huh?)

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

DON’T EVEN ASK… & DON’T EVEN ASK…II

What:  Exaaaactly what the titles state (yes, those ARE the titles and not me being a HUGE MEGA douchebag): don’t even ask! Well, you can if you want to (in person or in the comment box), but I would not know what to say because WHAT these pieces are is actually me throwing ideas out of  my brainbox just for the sake of  ideas and visual satisfaction. They are an amalgamation (BIG word usage alert) of more than one object magically joined with Adobe love. Digital marraige. Wow. They are actually architectural structures, but just to be an artsy jerk, I won’t divulge what those structures are. You gotta guess!! Haha! Man. That did sound pretty jerky……..

Why: The new crop of extremely post-post modern art (I wonder how many posts art can have…a great mystery) is a pretty big influence on me, right now. I am in awe of the lengths these artists’ minds go to create beautiful and profoundly imaginative, conceptualized art that make viewers go: “WOW, art is AWESOME!” and that make the artist him/herself go: “What the hell did I just do?…but it’s cool, though.” I also LOVED the architectural structures that I came across on a trip to Florida (adore going there) and went photo crazy! Remember…usually only artists are mentally/emotionally enamored of things like architectural details to the point of  fainting  when we see the potential in it for a drawing, painting or photograph… It’s like a cornucopia of creative possibilities!! So that is the why: The new wave of art, beautiful architecture and the irresistable opportunity to transform those ideas in Photoshop. HEAVEN!!

The other why has to do with me doing two. Simply, I wanted to try two different approaches visually. And you know…it would be cool if put side by side, they would form a diptych (“a work made up of two matching parts”-http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diptych). I would display them side by side in my exhibit! The main why would be trying things and progression. It’s important for artists to grow in their artistic experimentation. OR YOU WILL BE LIKE STALE BREAD. Yuck.

When: I produced these two pieces last year. I was Adobe crazy!  When I get my laptop back, I will be going at it, again. Don’t worry…I haven’t forgotten how to draw or paint!

How: The pieces were generated with my imagination, first of all (thanks, brain!) and nextly with digital photography and Adobe. As stated above, they are titled don’t even ask… and don’t even ask…II (the ellipses, the dots, are intentional to indicate pondering; like this…  The works cause much ponderance. I like that word. For some reason, I feel British or like a person from the Victorian age. Anyway, waaay off topic……..). I really do hope viewers find something to like in both pieces! Whether it is the structures (which I still won’t reveal!), the coloring, the textures, the composition or the everything. In both of them, I wanted to mix it up as far as joining the parts; thereby resulting in a labyrinth (really goin’ all out on this wording) of overlapping and intersecting posts and beams and framework. Fun to look at, I feel! I personally favor the 2nd one with its sharp and gritty, raw black and white hitting against the saturated blues and black. The1st one I find a liking toward as well. The popping Pop art red contrasting so sharply with the blue is shocking! Which one do most visually catches YOUR eye? Or do they both? Feel free to comment on that, too!

Thanks for reading this post and please do view my other posts and also pages in this blog! I can’t really convey how glad I am to be posting again, except to say…I love to blog, it’s a gracious outlet and I am soooo glad to be back!! 

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 7


"GO!!GO!!GO!!!!" Graphic art. 2011.

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s faaast. ZOOOOM…

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GO!!GO!!GO!!!!

What:  This is an artistic rendering of road rage, but mainly a visual translation of alacrity, rapidity, swiftness, swiftness – SPEED! I could’ve just said speed, but I wanted to do a little word mess-around and make some readers think, “This girl is silly, ridiculous, juvenile & asinine.” That last one is a bit harsh. Anyhow, the MAIN point of this piece of art is speed & the fast life of the city conveyed through a graphic work. The undertone is road rage. Too bad REAL road rage isn’t as fun as it looks in this work. In REAL life, road rage is alot uglier with yelling, middle fingers and curse words, profanity, vulgarity, blasphemy…let me quit before I get some 3- & 4-letter comments from folks.

Why: I was basically bored. You may not know it, unless you are an artist, but BOREdom can often be a producer of some of the most creative stuff. Probably because stuff just starts to flow out of our heads and we don’t even care what it is, as long as it’s something. So I was bored. I was also VERY influenced by the artworks we see in ads, lately. You know the kind. An object (a cell phone, for example) will be accompanied by all these trippy, super-mod visual effects like elliptical circles, beautiful floral work and
stars bursting around it. These days, ads make you feel as if you got punched in the eyes with colors, shapes and digital everything, but it is really fun to see. Like bedazzled, eye candy. Like graffiti without the actual graffiti. So, inspiration: boredom and extremely trippy  art.

When: This was completed in an obvious artist-freak-out frenzy this year. Nah…I didn’t freak out, but I did Photoshop for 4 hours, staying up until 4am working on this. If an artist’s computer could speak, it would say, “Go to BED!! I am overheated and pissed, you masking, copy/pasting, filtering, layering wretch.”

How: How I created this piece? With the use of my overheating laptop (borrowed from my boyfriend…if you read one of my earlier posts, you will be reading about how MY laptop was desecrated *sniff* & yet to be fixed). When high CPU – usage programs like Adobe programs are used, they can really heat up a laptop, so that soon it feels like hellfire is breathing from it…that’s why a cooling pad is a great invention, contraption, gadget, device………..okay…

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 2


Another in a series of analysis on my art.

Feel free to comment with any questions you may still have.

“jigjag”. Digital art. 2010.

“jigjag, 2010”

WHAT: A peculiar piece with a peculiar name. I bet a lot of you looking are wondering one of two things: “What the hell is that??” or “What the hell is that…it looks like an alien mountain range from an aerial perspective.” Well, the second statement is closer because though that is not exactly what it is, it is weird like an alien mountain range and it is…just weird. But I like weird. Sometimes, in these analyses that I write, I won’t fully explain stuff. Just give hints because it still is entertaining for you all to just guess! As I worked on this, which is graphic art, I felt it resembled a mountain range from above, too…but more like a fantasy one from one of those Tolkien stories (I.e. “Lord of the Rings” books). It is what it is…and it’s weird. Nice weird.

WHY: Why did I do this? No, I am asking YOU why I did this because it is hard to say. Maybe you can enlighten me. I guess I did this, really, to experiment in my digital lab of curiosities. I always like to progress and see what else I can do, which is more than drawings, paintings in a realistic or natural vein. I can do other things, too. So I told myself, “Let’s go crazy & do something different, even if it there is no visual logic to it!” As long as it made at least some sense visually, as far as color theory (those colors are there for a reason) and other elements. In art, design elements are the basic building blocks of art, by the way. Color, illusion of space, illusion of motion, line, value, shape/volume & texture. There are design principles, too, which is the more technical side to creating art, but get into that later…don’t feel like thinking toooo much right now.

WHEN: I produced this piece in 2010.

HOW: From within my digital lab of curiosity, remember?? Okay. Technically I did this using graphic magic conjured from my pixel and resolution wands in tandem. Okay. I see you are not buying that, either. I do have a digital lab, though. It is my laptop and it is also in my hard drive. That ever so useful Adobe CS (Creative Suite) software. The digital CRACK for devotees. It is that addictive. Adobe CS (I have CS4, but CS5 version, with even more wacky & addictive applications, is out now) is a premier collection of software: Illustrator, Photoshop (yep, and it goes waaaaaay beyond airbrushing celebrities, lemme tell you), InDesign, DreamWeaver (for web-work), Flash and A LOT more. I am getting faint-ish thinking about it! Drawing will forever be number one in my heart and practice, but Adobe’s some tasty candy on the side…

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