Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Artist Post #3- Kandisky

Artist Post #3: Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian born artist and musician. He focused upon abstraction within his works, particularly when representing music within paintings. It is debated that he had perfect pitch, which referenced his claim that he "saw" colors in music. His abstract works caused controversy among his compatriots, among both the Russian, German, and Parisian art cultures.

Kandinsky was also a theorist on art. He focused upon the spirituality of making art and music. He outlined the types of painting with one of his major works (Du spirituel dans l'art) as impressions, improvisations, and compositions. One can see this within his works and their specific titles.

QUOTE: "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."

The images below represent his experiments with art: 

As a critique, I think is is the coolest artist I have encountered. Why? HE USES MUSIC! That is incredible that someone who is gifted in the arts of music can literally put this embodiment of music on paper. Though I don't really care for abstract art, I feel that Kandinsky could not make his work any other way without bordering his art upon illustration.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art: Wassily Kandinsky

EXTRA: So because I am so inspired by Kandinsky, and as I am a musician and composer myself, I am taking one of my pieces that I have composed and am doing art to it in the Kandinsky style.
Not perfect. Not at all, but a start.
As a note, each of the four parts (vln1, vln2, vla, cel.) are represented in a different color.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Artist Post #2- Chris Metzen

Artist Post Number Two:
Chris Metzen

Chris Metzen is a digital artist, game designer, animation guru, voice actor, and entrepreneur. He works for Blizzard Entertainment and is responsible for many artistic choices within the company such as designing concept art and video game plots for World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft. Currently he is vice president of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment, and, among many of the duties he holds, specifically does character design. He has a history of doing illustrations, concept art, and scenarios for the company as well. Chris Metzen has been creative director of many of the enterprises of his company. He also has published an independent graphic novel.

In an interview with MTV Geek Chris Metzen comments upon his favorite mediums: "I’m a paper-and-pencil guy. I hate drawing on the computer. I used to enjoy using inks and colored pencils for my colored work, but pencil’s always been my favorite. I’m only missing the digital boat by about 17 years or so, so I still hold out hope..."
Here are some more examples of his art:

Yeah. I think they are cool too! Here are some examples of the video game versions of his characters:

Chris Metzen's work is awesome. It represents the inner nerd within us all; the nerd who got the break and capitalized that imagination into creating video-game characters. He creates alien, demonic, and fantastical creatures on paper and converts them to playable characters, NPCs, and bosses. 

With regards to Metzen's work, I think it's amazing. He puts a lot of attention into details within his graphite/paper works. He is a fantastic artist. Though he is not nearly as good at digital art as his co-worker artists he is still incredible. I admire him because he is an example of an artist who took his work and dreams past the studio and into the real world to make it come alive in a money-making way. The fact that he capitalized on both imagination, innovation, and made a bucket load of money is an inspiring success story. 

Here are his coworkers digital art. They are pretty cool too. I might need to do a blog post on both of them.

BUT I digress,

Just as an extra, I was experimenting with Metzen's style. Here are the results:


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Photoshopping Bad Pics

Experimenting With Ugly Photos! Here are the Results:

*note: It looks like one of those acrylic church postcards from Grandma, no?*

Photoshop Experiment (#1)

Here is the first Chinatown Photoshop Experiment!



Wednesday, February 5, 2014


SuRrEaLiSm WiTh A ComPuTeR…

mY EyEs ArE BleEdiNg

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Scanned Images

Scanned Image Assignment.

This was both a fun and a frustrating projects. I originally scanned images at a 50 Resolution caliber… Then I realized we were supposed to scan at a 300 TIFF size. So I ended up doing both. 
Here are some of the results of the Project (I have a lot of images… be warned!)

This image doesn't look like much… But it was a more daring experiment. This is actually a scan of a laptop playing a movie. The resulting image is a compiled picture of all of the frames occurring from the movie playing. (For the record, the only movie I had was the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian…)

This scanned image is a quick sketch I did. To get this image, I swirled the image around in a circle while moving the sketchbook back and forth.

This was the first image that I did. It is a spiraled image. I was going to try to spin it, but unfortunately I did not get the weird connected image I thought I'd get. The result is a rather hallucinogenic mix of color and sketchbook. Chavin Art anyone?

This was one of the classier images I conjured up. This is a scan of all of the jewelry I was wearing the day I scanned the images. The black behind it is my pleather jacket. 

This is a rescanned image of a magazine and two earrings.

This was the original scanned image of an earring and a magazine.

This is an image of my phone (and it's flashlight function) and a watch.

One of my favorite images, this is a bunch of sheet music (Partitas and Sonatas and Hungarian Dances, sorry… couldn't resist) and a bunch of old tangled violin strings.

This was another phone and watch combo.

This was a rescanned plate image

This was the original plate image. I liked this the most because the image looks like a face.

Random object scan collage. 

This image was comprised of the violin strings (and the violin strings moving.)

This image was the snake necklace traced next to the light. 

This was the watch and my hand traced next to the light. 

This is a picture of velvet and violin strings (band name?)

This is a picture of my violin scanned in motion)

Here is the violin. (Probably the classiest image)

This is the violin and strings scanned at a very fast pace. It looks very strange.

Well that's all for now. Hopefully my images are in the correct resolution (300 res TIFF and JPEGs)

Piece of Cake, Large Slice